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Ottawa Senators Owner:

BOYCOTT 2018 WORLD CUP

'Irresponsible' to Let Russia Host Tourney

5/30/2014 7:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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The billionaire owner of the Ottawa Senators is begging soccer fans to BOYCOTT sponsors of the 2018 World Cup in Russia ... claiming it's a mistake to allow "Putin's army of war mongers" to host another global sporting event. 

Eugene Melnyk -- a Canadian-born billionaire who's also the Chairman of the Campaign Advisory Committee for "United with Ukraine" -- just blasted FIFA for allowing Russia to host the '18 Cup.

"Major international sporting events such as the Olympics or FIFA’s World Cup serve as powerful forces of global unity and peace, not conflict and war."

Now, Melnyk and his organization are calling for soccer fans to boycott the major World Cup sponsors including Anheuser-Busch hoping it will pressure the powers that be to change the '18 venue. 

"We are asking FIFA’s major partners to take a firm principled stand and demand FIFA immediately re-assign the 2018 World Cup to a more deserving nation," Melnyk says.

"To allow Russia to host the World Cup would fundamentally undermine the spirit of international sport and the stated core principles of every corporate sponsor who so far has chosen to align itself with such an irresponsible decision."

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6 COMMENTS

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1.

ivan    

putin is a fascist !

90 days ago
2.

lourdgoogoo    

Czar Putin doesn't care.

89 days ago
3.

angryblackman    

Who even gives a **** about this dumb ass sport soccer sucks ass

87 days ago
4.

tmzed    

China

85 days ago
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tiziana grazziani    

Ottawa senators will boycott 2018 world cup in Russia...
So, who cares what Canada says ! Russia is perfectly due to the 2018 world cup in his country. Canada seems to be the obediant servant of Obama tricky hypocrital games
against West Europa, Russia, European Union !

68 days ago
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tiziana grazziani    

USA i.e. Obama should stop lying in order to worsten Russia Ukraine crisis : Canada acting on behalf of USA. Obama looking for conflit or war in west europa, we know that. Should concentrate on Irak desaster due to USA, UK, years ago.

68 days ago

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