The International Football Federation (FIFA) on Saturday finally excluded the Soviet Union form the World Cup finals next June.
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ROUS: "The members of the Committee have already decided by a large majority that Chile have the right to expect a return match in Chile either in Santiago or in some other town of their choice; but as you know the USSR did not fulfil its fixture. Therefore, according to the regulations, it disqualifies itself. And this morning, there was no change in the voting which had taken place earlier and to the decision that Russia should play in Chile and indeed, many reports have been received out of Chile form members who went down to Santiago and reported that the match could be played in the stadium in normal conditions."
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Background: The International Football Federation (FIFA) on Saturday finally excluded the Soviet Union form the World Cup finals next June.
After FIFA executive meeting in Frankfurt's plush Airport Hotel, the FIFA President Sir Stanley Rous said Chile had qualified for the final round of the global tournament to be played in West Germany.
Sir Stanley declined to give the vote. He said the executive committee decided by a large majority vote that Chile had the right to expect a return in Santi??? or any other place of their choice.
The Soviet Union, which drew with Chile in the first leg game in Moscow, had objected to Santiago as the site of the return match because the Chilean military government had used the city's football stadium ad a detention centre for its political opponents.
On Saturday angry Russians demanded that the return game be played in a neutral country and suggested West Germany. Chile had refused to play outside Santiago, and the FIFA decision supported this stand.