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    Quote Originally Posted by Colbert Report View Post
    I was reading about this last night. I suspect that if they qualify, they'll be allowed in, just not to compete under the Russian flag. If FIFA were serious about not letting them in, surely they wouldn't allow them to compete in the qualifiers, right?
    Yeah, it's a strange one. That seems to be what will happen alright. I got the feeling either (a) allowing them in the qualifiers gives them time to appeal, whereas if you booted them out of the qualifiers and then lost an appeal you'd have a big lawsuit or (b) they want to punish the federation but not the players - so the players get to go to the World Cup, the Russian fans get to watch their team (and FIFA get their TV money), but the Russian Federation doesn't make any money off it. But I don't really know.

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    I hadn't considered the financial aspect of it at all, but I think you're on the right track there. No money for qualifying or competing in the finals for the Russian football association.

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    ok but it is unfair, imagine if a team are beating by them home and away, and couldnt win the group because of those results. Lawsuit as well

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