FA clarifies England's World Cup stance

Kristopher Nichols
March 19, 2018

Sergei Skripal, 66, and Yulia Skripal, 33, remain in a critical but stable condition after being found slumped on a bench near the Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on Sunday 4 March.

Last week, United Kingdom foreign secretary Boris Johnson said that "it will be very hard to imagine that UK representation [at the World Cup] will go ahead in the normal way" if Russian involvement was proven.

That accusation against Russian Federation is nonsense, said Dzhabarov, when commenting statements by British Prime Minister Theresa May. London might also ask other countries to join the boycott.

A spokesperson for FIFA, however, told Press Association Sport that this was probably an idle threat.

"Skripal's poisoning, for which the investigation has not even begun yet, is being used by British politicians to draw conclusions about Russia's involvement".

A FIFA spokesperson said: 'FIFA and the local organising committee have full confidence that all 32 participating teams and football fans from around the world will make this another memorable World Cup.

She also said the Royal Family would not attend the World Cup, and the FA has now said its priority is the safety and security of fans, players and staff.

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"The World Cup is once every four years", Simonyan said.

"As we expected, the English are especially active in this, they can not forgive Russian Federation for winning the rights to host the 2018 World Cup instead of them, which was a fair decision after a fair election".

"FIFA is overall in charge of the worldwide media accreditation process for the 2018 FIFA World Cup", football's world governing body said.

Jose Mourinho will be taking "blood money" by working for Russian state-backed channel RT during the World Cup, according to Chris Bryant MP.

Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier on Monday it was "highly likely" that Moscow was responsible for the attack.

'Regarding administrative and diplomatic representation at this summer's World Cup, it is up to each country independently to decide on their attendance'.

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