The 2018 World Cup still is a few years’ time away from kicking off which is enough time for managers and nations to prepare their respective teams as well as start setting up all of the things that will be necessary for the approaching tournament to be held and played with success.
Russia was selected as the hosts of the next edition of the worldwide competition but not everyone agrees with this decision as there have been a series of issues that has been going around with conflicts in Ukraine still not settling down in its entirety and now some European nations have even taken into consideration making a boycott or a protest for the tournament to be held somewhere else but Sepp Blatter has displayed his full support for the decision of Russia being the place where the 2018 World Cup is going to be held on as the Swiss president of FIFA stated that him and the organization that he is currently in charge of have full confidence in the Russian government and everything about it.
“FIFA unconditionally supports the staging of the World Cup by Russia. A boycott will never give any positive effect. We trust the country, its government’’
Blatter continued on comparing the current situation of Russia and the 2018 World Cup with the Winter Olympics.
“Russia is the world’s biggest country. You know, Russia is in the eye of the international media. Football can not only unite Russia but show the whole world that it is stronger that any protest movement. That was the same situation ahead of Sochi, but neither during nor after the games, has there been a single word against these games,” he said.
Not too long ago, there was an incident that occurred when Albania and Serbia were playing against each other in their 2016 Euro’s qualifying matches and the match could never even be finished due to a brawl which occurred after a drone with a pro-Albanian banner was shown in the pitch.
This is a possible event that can occur if things get heated up in a match between Ukraine and Russia but Sepp Blatter later said that both national teams will be kept apart and they will try to keep both squads as far away from each other as possible.