Russia may lose World Cup if key teams refuse to participate
Russia can be stripped of the right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup if important national teams refuse to participate in the event, yet the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) will take the final decision, Richard Pound, the former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), said Thursday, Sputnik reports.
"It will be a consensus within FIFA. But I would say that if … a number of important teams would decide, for example, they will not participate in competitions in Russia then that could be the beginning of the possibility," Pound told R-Sport.
At the same time, Pound said he was not "close to FIFA" so he couldn’t know what the organization was thinking.