WASHINGTON (AP) -- A group of 13 U.S. Senators has asked FIFA to consider taking the 2018 World Cup out of Russia because of what they call that country's "ongoing violations of the territorial integrity of Ukraine."
In a letter released Wednesday, a day after it was sent, lawmakers including Wisconsin Republican Ron Johnson, Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin and Arizona Republican John McCain tell Sepp Blatter, the head of soccer's governing body, that letting Russia host the event "inappropriately bolsters the prestige" of President Vladimir Putin's "regime."
They suggest that FIFA hold an extraordinary congress to vote on whether to move the 2018 tournament to another site.
The letter says more than 40 countries, including nearly half of the field from the 2014 World Cup, have placed sanctions on Russia.