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MOSCOW, March 16. /TASS/. A boycott of sports competitions is not an effective way of solving political problems, the press service of the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) told TASS on Monday.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Poroshenko earlier on Monday called on his country's allies to consider boycotting the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia over the crisis in Ukraine’s south-east.
"History has often proved that a boycott of political competitions or politics of isolation are not an effective way to resolve such problems," the press service said.
Russia won the bid to host the Cup over three years ago in a tight race against the joint bid from England, Portugal and Spain and the combined bid by Belgium and The Netherlands.
World Cup matches will take place at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities from June 14 to July 15, 2018.