VIENNA (AP) -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter has hit out at unnamed lawmakers for wanting boycotts of the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2022 event in Qatar.
Blatter says "football should be united, sport should be united when it comes to boycotts. Boycotts have never had any results."
Blatter has addressed the issue during his opening speech at the annual UEFA congress, where he has been greeted with a respectful applause by delegates from the 54 member states.
Blatter hasn't mentioned the FIFA presidential election in May. The Swiss official turned down UEFA's invitation to make a campaign speech alongside his rivals, which include FIFA vice president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Portugal great Luis Figo, and Dutch football federation president Michael van Praag.