Russia slams UK over 2018 boycott talk

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The former Liberal Democrat leader is speaking out following the ongoing controversy over the poisoning of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

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

"At the same time, even they [the U.K.] do not seem to have decided yet: who should boycott the World Cup - the members of the royal family, government or the England national football team?"

In addition, players and staff will be advised not to use public or hotel wifi while in the country over hacking fears because the FA are concerned sensitive information such as injury, squad selection and tactical details could be exposed.

As tensions rise between the United Kingdom and Russian Federation, the latter has brought up winning the right to host the 2018 World Cup over England.

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. London might also ask other countries to join the boycott.

The PM has warned of serious consequences if Moscow used a nerve agent in the United Kingdom: should that include boycotting the World Cup?

"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. The UK media outlets are actively repeating calls for a boycott".

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.

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

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were admitted to hospital on March 4 and remain in a critical condition and May has given Moscow until midnight tonight to come up with a credible explanation after telling parliament the government "has concluded it is highly likely that Russian Federation was responsible" for the attempted murder of Skripal and his daughter.