The International Football Federation's (FIFA's) full World Cup committee discussed a compensation claim against the U.
The International Football Federation's (FIFA's) full World Cup committee discussed a compensation claim against the U.S.S.R. by the Chilean Football Federation in frankfurt, West Germany, on Thursday (6 June).
The claim -- said to be in the region of 100,000 dollars (about 40,000 pounds sterling) -- arose from the Soviet Football Association's refusal to let their side play the second leg of their World Cup qualifying game in Santiago, Chile. The Russians protested that the Santiago stadium was used as a concentration camp after the right-wing military coup in the country.
A FIFA investigating team gave the match their approval, but the Russians still refused to play. And in January, the FIFA committee voted the Russian team out of the tournament and allowed the Chileans to qualify in default.
It was though other eastern European countries that had qualified might withdraw, but they did not. And all delegates -- including the Soviet Union -- attended the draw for the competition in January.
The Chilean claim covers lost gate money and general expenses. The first leg in Moscow had been a draw and the second leg in Santiago was expected to attract a capacity crowd. FIFA President Sir Stanley Rous of the United Kingdom whose post comes up for re-election on II June was Chairman of the meeting.
The Chilean team face the prospect of hostile demonstrations in West Berlin where they are based for the qualifying rounds. The West German police have the Chilean side under strict security guard for their entire visit.