LONDON - Russia should forfeit the right to stage the 2018 World Cup finals following the destruction of the Malaysian Airlines jet in Ukraine, according to Britain's deputy prime minister Nick Clegg.
The Liberal Democrat leader told the Sunday Times that Russia should not host the event after pro-Russian separatists were implicated by western nations in the shooting down of the jet over eastern Ukraine on July 17 with the loss of 298 lives.
Earlier this week, some German politicians said the World Cup should be moved from Russia, while FIFA rejected those sentiments by saying hosting the event there could be a "force for good".
Almost 200 Dutch citizens lost their lives in the crash and the Dutch FA said it would meet in due course to decide if it would take part in the qualifying competition for the finals in Russia.
Clegg told the British newspaper, which has recently published a series of articles alleging widespread corruption surrounding the award of the 2022 finals to Qatar, that threatening Russia by withdrawing the World Cup would be "a very potent political and symbolic sanction".
"If there's one thing that (President) Vladimir Putin cares about, as far as I can see, it's his sense of status," he said. "Maybe reminding him that you can't retain the same status in the world if you ignore the rest of the world, maybe that will have some effect on his thinking." Clegg said world leaders would look "so weak and so insincere" if the World Cup was allowed to go ahead in Russia.
"Vladimir Putin himself has to understand that he can't have his cake and eat it," Clegg said. "He can't constantly push the patience of the international community beyond breaking point, destabilise a neighbouring country, protect these armed separatists in the east of Ukraine and still have the privilege and honour of receiving all the accolades in 2018 for being the host nation of the World Cup."
He added: "You can't have this - the beautiful game marred by the ugly aggression of Russia on the Russian-Ukrainian border." In a statement issued on Friday, FIFA said: "FIFA deplores any form of violence and will continue to use its tournaments to promote dialogue, understanding and peace among peoples.
"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." Clegg also said that Russia should not host a Formula One Grand Prix in October but F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has said it will go ahead as planned.
Cor Pan, passenger, Dutch national
Mr Cor Panposted a spine-chilling update on his page prior to boarding MH17 (codeshare with KLM flight KL4103) from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday (July 17) night.
Mr Pan, who referred to the disappearance of flight MH370 four months ago, posted a picture of the MH17 aircraft at a parking bay in Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on his Facebook page before it met its tragic fate.
The post came paired with a caption in Dutch that read: "If the plane disappears, this is what it looks like."
The post was filled with comments from friends and family wishing them an enjoyable trip and reminding them to post pictures from their vacation.
Md Ali Md Salim, passenger, Malaysian national
Another passenger onboard the MH17 flight had posted on Instagram a video of from inside the plane just moments before departure.
Screengrabs of the video. According to the description on YouTube where the video was reposted, the passenger "Md Ali Md Salim or otherwise known as Halu Satonaka (@masa1777 on instagram) was on his way home to Malaysia from Amsterdam".
Md Ali Md Salim is among the 44 Malaysians who were reportedly onboard the doomed flight.
He captioned the video: "Bismillah... #hatiadasikitgentar (In the name of God... feeling a little bit nervous)".
It has been confirmed that all the cabin crew aboard MH17 were Malaysians, however, not all the passengers have been accounted for yet, says Huib Gorter, the vice president of Malaysian Airlines.
Shazana Salleh, crew member, Malaysian national
Crew member Shazana Salleh, 31, was joining in the World Cup spirit as she cheered Germany on prior to their final match against Argentina in Brazil last Sunday (13 July).
Her caption, written in German, translates to "one, two, three, four...woohoo!"
Angeline Premila, crew member, Malaysian national
Angeline Premila's last activity on Facebook was a change in profile picture earlier this month.
Friends on the 30-year-old's social media site had nothing but praises for the pretty stewardess.
Prior to that, the MAS crew member had dinner with a friend, who goes by the Facebook username Miyoko Masachika, in Auckland, New Zealand.
After Miss Miyoko Masachika learnt about the flight not making it back to Kuala Lumpur, Miss Masachika posted this on her page:
Why they were on flight MH17
- Elaine Teoh, 27, and Emiel Mahler, 27
- Siti Amirah, 83
- Hari Raya
- Baby blessing
- AIDS confab
- Spiritual retreat
- Double tragedy for Australian family
- Study break
- Coming home for good
- Family of 6 from Kuching perish
- Cor Pan and Neeltje Tol
- Cor Pan and Neeltje Tol
- Angeline Premila Rajandran, 30
- Angeline Premila Rajandran, 30
- Pim de Kuijer, 32
- Nick Norris and his grandchildren, 8, 10 and 12 years
- Grandchildren: Mo, 12, Evie, 10 and Otis Maslin, 8
- Roger and Jill Guard
- Martine de Schutter
- Lucie van Mens
Elaine Teoh, originally from Penang, and her Dutch boyfriend Emiel Mahler from were headed to Kuala Lumpur for a wedding after a visit to Mahler’s native country.
Elaine Teoh, 27, and Emiel Mahler, 27
The pair, both 27, lived in Melbourne where they worked in the finance sector.
Siti Amirah, 83
Puan Sri Siti Amirah (right), Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's step-grandmother, had travelled to Amsterdam to holiday with her only daughter from her first marriage.
Ninik Yuriani (above), 56, an Indonesian-born Dutch citizen, was travelling to visit her 86-year-old mother in Central Java’s small town of Wonosobo to celebrate Hari Raya. Outside her work as a cashier at a supermarket, she taught Indonesian dance in Amsterdam.
Shuba Jaya, a performing arts actress from Kuala Lumpur, and her Dutch husband Paul Goes were returning to Kuala Lumpur after taking their 21-month-old daughter, Kaela, to visit her grandparents in the Netherlands for the first time. The couple delivered Kaela through unassisted home birth.
Dr Joep Lange (left), former International AIDS Society president, Glenn Thomas, World Health Organisation spokesperson and Lucie van Mens, a pioneer in HIV and AIDS, were part of a 100 men delegation on their way to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.
Yodricunda Theistiasih, a native of Ambon, left the Netherlands with her Dutch husband Arnoud Huizen and their two-year daughter Yelena. The family, whose final destination was their home in Bali, had just completed a three-week visit to the Netherlands to finish processing their daughter’s Dutch citizenship papers.
Sister Philomene Tiernan, a Catholic nun and teacher at eastern Sydney Catholic girls’ school, was returning to Sydney after attending a conference in Britain, a theology course in Ireland and a spiritual retreat in Burgundy, France.
Albert and Marie Rizk were due to return home to Melbourne after spending a month holidaying in Europe. The Rizks have two children and have lived in the Sunbury area for more than 20 years.
Double tragedy for Australian family
An Australian family lost 2 family members to both MH17 and MH370. Maree and Albert Rizk were on flight MH17, returning to Melbourne after a month-long holiday in Europe.
Mohd Ali Mohd Salim, 30, was furthering his studies and preparing a thesis on Psychology Studies at the doctorate of philosophy (PhD) level in Amsterdam. His brother, Mohd Zaki Mohd Salim said Ali was “very excited to be back for Raya with the family.” He was supposed to join Universiti Sains Malaysia next year after completing his doctorate.
The last glimpse of the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was captured by Malaysian passenger Md Ali Md Salim moments before departure.
Coming home for good
Tambi Jiee, 49, from Kampung Gobielt, was with his wife Ariza Ghazalee, 47, and four children - Mohd Afif, 19, Mohd Afzal, 17, Marsha Azmeena, 15, and Mohd Afruz, 13, while on the way back from Kazakhstan transiting via Amsterdam.
Family of 6 from Kuching perish
The Kuching family was returning home for good from Kazakhstan, where Tambi had been working for about three years as a Shell employee.
Captain: Eugene Choo Jin Leong, 45
First officer: Muhamad Firdaus Abdul Rahim, 27
Leading steward: Mohd Ghafar Bin Abu Bakar, 54
Stewardess: Nur Shazana Mohamed Salleh, 31. Her father, Mohamed Salleh Shamsuddin, 54, said he last communicated with Shazana via WhatsApp some 24 hours before the ill-fated flight took off from Amsterdam.
"She asked me for a photo of my grandchild because she said she missed him."
Her family when met at their home in Persiaran Mayang Pasir here on Friday were sobbing uncontrollably.
Stewardess: Lee Hui Pin, 42
Flight steward Sanjid Singh Sandu, 41, was not supposed to be on Flight MH17 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. He had switched his shift with a colleague.
Cor Pan and Neeltje Tol
Dutch Cor Pan and his girlfriend Neeltje Tol, were onboard MH17, heading to Kuala Lumpur for a holiday.
Cor Pan and Neeltje Tol
In a moment of black humour, Mr Pan snapped a picture of the Boeing 777-200 that he and Ms Tol were about to board and posted the picture on his Facebook page with the message: “If the plane disappears, this is what it looks like.”
Angeline Premila Rajandran, 30
Malaysian Airline stewardess Angeline Premila is believed to have been on the Boeing 777 which was shot down in Ukraine late Thursday night.
Angeline Premila Rajandran, 30
Her final message to her family was: “Look after my dog Lexi.”
Pim de Kuijer, 32
The Aids activist from the Netherlands for Stop Aids Now! was on the way to the International Aids Conference in Melbourne, Australia. According to a friend who paid him a tribute in The Guardian, Mr de Kuijer had returned to the Netherlands after a long period of soul-searching, adventure and travels, and was hoping to publish a little memoir of 66 pages detailing his experiences in the countries he had visited, including Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Malaysia.
Nick Norris and his grandchildren, 8, 10 and 12 years
Mr Nick Norris, managing director of a change management consultancy company in Perth, was in Europe on a holiday with his family.
Grandchildren: Mo, 12, Evie, 10 and Otis Maslin, 8
Mr Norris was bringing the children home to return to school while their parents remained in Europe, reported ABC News.
Roger and Jill Guard
Dr Roger Guard, director of the Pathology Unit at Toowoomba Hospital, and his wife, a general practitioner, were returning home to Australia after a holiday.
Martine de Schutter
Ms Martine de Schutter worked for organisations associated with the Aids Fonds Foundation, and was most recently managing a programme, Bridging The Gap, which provides support for sex workers, LGBT and drug users.
Lucie van Mens
Dr Lucie van Mens was on her way to the International Aids Conference in Melbourne, Australia. An HIV researcher, she had focused on HIV and Aids prevention since 1995.