European Commission Denies Rumors on FIFA World Cup's Boycott

29 March, 2018, 02:27 | Author: Bert Pena
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"Among the measures taken by Iceland is the temporary postponement of all high-level bilateral dialogue with Russian authorities".

Iceland officials join the U.K.in their World Cup boycott as Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed on March 14 that no members of the British royal family or government ministers will attend the event.

After sweating their way through the longest World Cup qualification route in Socceroos history, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has left open the possibility of Australia not attending June's tournament.

Iceland's decision came as 16 European Union countries on Monday gave a large number of Russian envoys notice to leave their territory.

Marc DiBenedetto and Marcus Kwesi O'Mard examine this week's biggest worldwide friendlies and discuss what they teach us about the teams' prospects for the World Cup and beyond on this week's episode of the "NESN Soccer Show", which you can listen here. "That is not the plan".

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"There are a whole range of options of further actions that could be taken [against Russia]".

The UK and its allies have stepped up sanctions in retaliation to the Skripal affair, with a host of Russian diplomats expelled from various host countries.

However, there is little public appetite for a boycott of the World Cup in England, which has been reflected in comments by England manager Gareth Southgate (who has argued England should definitely participate) and also in media comment which has pointed to the danger England could be excluded from future Federation Internationale de Football Association competitions if a political boycott was imposed by the country's leaders.

What's more likely is that the Australian government joins the United Kingdom in a "state boycott" of the event, where no political leaders travel to Russian Federation.

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