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British Deputy PM Says Russia Should Not Host World Cup

British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg on July 27 joined calls for Russia to be stripped of the World Cup in 2018 following the shooting down of flight MH17 over Ukraine.

Clegg, whose Liberal Democrat party is the junior partner in Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition government, said sporting events should be part of a new package of EU sanctions against Moscow.

Clegg told the "Sunday Times" newspaper, "it would make the rest of the world look so weak and so insincere about our protestations about Vladimir Putin's behaviour if we're not prepared to pull the plug."

Clegg's call came after FIFA, the world football's governing body, dismissed similar calls by some German politicians.

In a statement on July 25 FIFA 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."

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