Russian Federation hits back at United Kingdom, cites 2018 World Cup

Paola Ditto
Marzo 14, 2018

On Monday the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, claimed that Russia was involved in the poisoning of a former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia who were living in the English cathedral city of Salisbury and were the subject of an attack with a suspected Russian manufactured nerve agent on United Kingdom soil.

The FA is adamant that global relations with Russian Federation are none of its business, and will leave those political considerations to Government.

England's governing Football Association has yet to make any comment on what Britain's worsening political relationship with Russian Federation would mean in terms of the World Cup.

Tugendhat said it was "extraordinary" the World Cup was being held "in a country that used murder as an instrument of state policy" and said "a boycott should be kept on the table".

Some British officials have suggested boycotting the Russia-hosted World Cup later this year in response.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has previously hinted at a boycott.

"We want to emphasize once more: Further provocative false stories that stir up anti-Russian hysteria will only complicate the relationship between our countries and bring a blow to world sport".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been accused by a British MP of taking "blood money" in deciding to work as a World Cup pundit for Russian state-owned channel RT. "But we can not just stand by and let a bully win". "Now the British media are actively calling for a boycott of the upcoming World Cup".

Pulling England out of the World Cup is unlikely to find favour with Federation Internationale de Football Association or the majority of fans, however, while it is hard to see how other nations who have qualified would follow suit in support.

"Not long ago they [the U.K.] said that sport must stay out of politics, and now here we are again", Simonyan told Interfax.

Broadcasting regulator Ofcom issued a statement on Tuesday, following Prime Minister Theresa May's update on the investigation to parliament on Monday, and said it would wait for her next public comments on Wednesday before considering "the implications for RT's broadcast licences".

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