Report: Two Russian lawmakers want US barred from World Cup

Two Russian legislators are calling for FIFA to ban the United States from the World Cup soccer tournament, in what they say amounts to an eye-for-an-eye retaliation. 

According to Reuters, Alexander Sidyakin and Mikhail Markelov — two members of the Russian lower house of parliament — also asked for the United States to have its membership revoked from FIFA, the World Cup’s governing body.

The two lawmakers made their demand in a letter less than a week after Republican Sens. Mark KirkMark KirkThe way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump ObamaCare repeal bill would defund Planned Parenthood Leaked ObamaCare bill would defund Planned Parenthood MORE (Ill.) and Dan CoatsDan CoatsSouth Korea missile defense online in ‘coming days’ Sanders on skipping WH Korea briefing: 'I did not want to be part of a photo op' Overnight Defense: Senators go to White House for North Korea briefing | Admiral takes 'hit' for aircraft carrier mixup | Lawmakers urged to beef up US missile defense MORE (Ind.) wrote a letter to the FIFA president requesting Russia be stripped of hosting the tournament in 2018 because of its invasion of Ukraine. 

"It's an eye for an eye, a ball for a ball. Don't let the USA take part in the 2014 World Cup! End their membership of FIFA," Sidyakin said on Twitter, according to Reuters. 

The newswire noted that neither lawmaker is seen as a high-profile politician in the country. 

The Russian lawmakers cited past U.S. action in Iraq, Libya and Yugoslavia as reason for the ban. They mentioned Syria as well.  

Kirk and Coats had asked FIFA to remove Russia from the 2014 World Cup in a Friday letter because of the country’s invasion into Crimea in Ukraine. 

“Since Russia has similarly displayed a brazen disrespect for fundamental principles of FIFA and international law, I hope you will agree that it does not deserve the honor of either hosting the World Cup or participating in one,” they said in a statement. 

Citing FIFA rules, the two U.S. senators said discrimination against another country could be punishable by suspension of expulsion. They cited previous precedent of Yugoslavia being barred from the World Cup in 1994.