Local Ukrainians ask for help with acquiring signatures to move the 2018 World Football Cup from Russia


Commissioned for the 10th FIFA World Cup in 1974, it was designed by Italian artist Silvio Gazzaniga*

Area Ukrainians are urging people to support the Ukrainian people and world peace by signing a petition to move the 2018 World Football Cup from Russia. 

"Russia has invaded a foreign country, Ukraine, with the pretext of protecting its foreign nationals. This was the very same reason that Adolf Hitler used to invade Czechoslovakia which started World War II. To protest this violation of international law I believe we should petition FIFA to move the 2018 World Cup to another country and give Ukraine host status as a show of support." 

There are over 2,000 petitions signatures so far from around the world, but 3,000 are needed.

To sign the petition, click here.

The games are under the auspices of the FIFA which is an association governed by Swiss law founded in 1904 and based in Zurich. It has a membership of 209 members and their goal is the constant improvement of football. 

FIFA employs some 310 people from more than 35 nations and is composed of a Congress (legislative body), Executive Committee (executive body), General Secretariat (administrative body) and committees (assisting the Executive Committee). 

On July 25, the FIFI world governing body of football  made a statement:

"FIFA takes its responsibility in governing football seriously and we support any peaceful and democratic debate. FIFA deplores any form of violence and will continue to use its tournaments to promote dialogue, understanding and peace among peoples. 

"History has shown so far that boycotting sport events or a policy of isolation or confrontation are not the most effective ways to solve problems. 

"The hosting of the FIFA World Cup with the global attention it attracts can be a powerful catalyst for constructive dialogue between people and governments, helping to bring positive social developments. The FIFA World Cup unites teams and nations from all over the world, from the qualifiers to the final competition in a spirit of fair play and respect. 

"FIFA is convinced that, through football, particularly the FIFA World Cup and its international spotlight, we can achieve positive change in the world, but football cannot be seen as a solution for all issues, particularly those related to world politics. We have seen that the FIFA World Cup can be a force for good and FIFA believes this will be the case for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia." 

*This is the second design for the cup. The first was stolen twice. In 1946 as the Jules Rimet Cup by French sculptor Abel Lafleur, it was a depiction of the goddess of victory holding an octagonal vessel above her, produced in gold with a base of semi-precious stones.

Stolen in England in 1946, Scotland Yard detectives found it with the help of a small dog named Pickles. Unfortunately it was stolen again in 1983 in Rio de Janeiro where it was to remain because the Brazilians won it three times. It is believed to have been melted down.

Now the winner receive a gold plated trophy which they keep and the original 18 karet gold one remains with FIFA, where the latest winner's name is added.

NOTE: Thanks to George Matwyshyn in Ukrainian Village for making us aware of this issue.



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