U.S. Soccer Fans Disapprove of Qatar’s World Cup Host

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With the U.S. team preparing for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, U.S. soccer fans have already expressed their disappointment with the country’s hosting for its upcoming sporting event.

The soccer team has been hit with boycotts for the past 20 years by both FIFA and local fans, and this year will be no different.

U.S. Soccer responded to the criticism on Thursday by releasing a statement praising Qatar for taking the criticism seriously and taking measures to combat it.”

“The U.S. Soccer Federation is disappointed by the events surrounding the World Cup in June 2018,” the statement read. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the 49 players and officials killed in a terrorist attack in Egypt on June 12th. We welcome their families and our fellow Americans in Qatar. We are also deeply concerned by the recent attacks in Spain and Tunisia, as well as political instability in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.”

The U.S. Soccer Federation statement comes as U.S. soccer fans are beginning to express their disapproval over the country’s role as the host of the World Cup.

“I am not here to support or comment on politics, but to speak on behalf of the U.S. Soccer Nation here in the United States. It is our privilege to hold the World Cup,” tweeted U.S. soccer star Landon Donovan, a former professional soccer player and two-time FIFA World Player of the Year.

“We are all disgusted with the lack of security and the inhumane treatment of our team’s and the entire fan base from this barbaric country,” said Donovan.

Soccer fans have shown signs of boycotting matches in stadiums, and many have called on their governments to cut off all U.S. aid to Qatar or cut ties with the country as a whole.

But with the U.S. hosting the World Cup and Qatar hosting two other tournaments in 2018, the soccer team’s critics have been even more vocal in their opposition to Qatar.

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