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FIFA Dismisses Calls To Relocate 2018 World Cup From Russia

FIFA has dismissed calls to move the 2018 World Cup from Russia, or that some countries would elect to boycott the event.

Russia's alleged involvement in the shooting down of a Malaysian passenger plane in Ukraine led to a public discussion of a possible boycott.

Some German politicians also called for relocating the tournament and suggested Germany as alternative hosts.

FIFA in a statement on July 25 said, "History has shown so far that boycotting sports events or a policy of isolation or confrontation are not the most effective ways to solve problems."

It also said that the World Cup and its international spotlight "can be a force for good."

FIFA President Sepp Blatter already rejected calls to strip Russia of the World Cup after it annexed Crimea in March.

Based on reporting by AP and dpa

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