Russia is so Out of Line that Even Corrupt FIFA is Handing Out Sanctions

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Let’s get it back to the Russian invasion of Ukraine:

This is rich. This would be like Barry Bonds sanctioning Roger Clemens. FIFA is one of the most corrupt sporting bodies on the planet. There was a massive 2015 reckoning that resulted in a bunch of arrests and guilty pleas for bribery, fraud, and money laundering. FIFA gave the 2018 World Cup to Russia and has been tight with Putin and his cronies for some time.

That’s why it’s pretty significant to see FIFA drop the hammer on Russia right now. No competition for them at any level. UEFA (the European soccer body) already kicked Spartak Moscow out of the Europa League, which is the competition that is one level below the Champion’s League. That’s gotta be shitty for everybody on that team, which is only about 65% Russian, but hey, when the autocratic asshole running the show invades a sovereign country, sometimes everybody has to pay for it.

Meantime, Ukraine’s athletes are bad asses:

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