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UK Deputy PM wants Russia stripped of World Cup

UK Deputy PM Nick Clegg wants Russia stripped of 2018 World Cup over Ukraine crisis

UK Deputy PM wants Russia stripped of World Cup

LONDON (AP) -- Britain's Deputy Prime Minister wants Russia stripped of the right to host the 2018 World Cup to punish President Vladimir Putin for "belligerent behavior" in the Ukraine crisis.

Nick Clegg told The Sunday Times newspaper that it is "unthinkable" Putin should be afforded an "enormous advantage" by having football's biggest tournament in Russia.

Clegg's intervention comes after some lawmakers in Germany called for the World Cup to be moved because of Russia's alleged involvement in shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine.

Clegg says "you can't have the beautiful game marred by the ugly aggression of Russia on the Russian-Ukrainian border ... I don't know how many people have got to be shot out of the skies before people say enough is enough."

Updated : 2021-06-13 08:24 GMT+08:00