Cumbrian MP calls on England to boycott World Cup in Russian Federation

Russia: 'British threats to boycott World Cup hurt ties, sport'

But prime minister Theresa May's confirmation that a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed exclusively by Russian Federation was used to poison a former double agent on British soil has raised the stakes and thrown World Cup participation back into the mix in terms of how Britain will respond. British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that it was "highly likely" that Russian Federation was behind the attack and promised "extensive measures" against the country if an explanation was not provided.

The statement also criticized warnings from UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Tom Tugendhat about the tournament.

Sources have told ESPN FC there are no plans for the English Football Association to hold talks regarding any potential boycott, but the foreign ministry for this summer's host nation responded with criticism to the prospect of any withdrawal by the England national team.

Jose Mourinho's decision to work as a pundit for Russian television channel RT during the World Cup has been criticised by British politician Chris Bryant MP.

There have been increased calls for England to boycott the World Cup for fear the team would be putting themselves in harm's way were they to attend.

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.

Mr Farron said: "If Russia is guilty of this appalling crime, on top of the information we now have of their state-sponsored interference in democratic elections in the UK, US and elsewhere then we should boycott the World Cup".

"As we predicted, particularly active has been the English [press], which can not forgive that our country fairly and squarely won the right to host the 2018 World Cup".

"We want to emphasize once again: such provocative statements, which fan anti-Russian hysteria, only complicate relations between our countries and are blow to world sport", Interfax quoted the ministry as saying in a statement.

While that seems likely to prompt the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Britain, a possible boycott of the World Cup is being reported in some circles as another option being privately considered.

Simonyan also added that the refusal to participate in the World Cup could threaten the relationship between countries.



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