Iceland join England by announcing diplomats will boycott World Cup in Russian Federation

Robyn Valdez
March 29, 2018

A total of 16 E.U. member states, other European countries, the US, and Canada announced on Monday that they would be expelling Russian diplomats over the Sergei Skripal case.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the authorities of St. Petersburg will analyze the organization of the recent friendly match between Russia and France to ensure that the upcoming championship games will be comfortable for visitors, the LOC press service told Sputnik on Wednesday.

That is wrong - the government is not considering a boycott of the #World Cup.

Concerns the fall-out from the Skripal poisoning affair could spill over into the World Cup increased on Monday as Iceland announced its leaders would follow the UK's lead in boycotting the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

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After Australia expelled two Russian diplomats on Tuesday, Bishop said that boycotting the June 14-July 15 tournament in Russia was among "a range" of other options available to the government.

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial global football tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA.

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Iceland also said it is temporarily suspending its bilateral contacts with Russian Federation at the highest level.

The final tournament will involve 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host team.

Andreeva added, however, that now no representative of the European Commission was ready to say if he or she would be in attendance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities.

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