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FA clarifies England's World Cup stance amid Prime Minister's Russia boycott

FA clarifies England's World Cup stance amid Prime Minister's Russia boycott”

The FA are in regular contact with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, but Sky Sports News have been told there have been no emergency discussions following the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.

"This letter explained that, should the United Kingdom investigating authorities determine that there was an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom, we would consider this relevant to our ongoing duty to be satisfied that RT is fit and proper".

Officials, apparently anticipating deteriorating relations between Britain and Russian Federation, warned that Britons should aware of the risk of "anti-British sentiment or harassment" arising from "heightened political tensions".

The ministry said that it had "repeatedly warned that Western media would launch a full-scale media campaign to discredit Russian Federation and undermine its credibility as the host" of the World Cup.

Such an idea would probably mean stopping FA president Prince William from attending the games.

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Russian Football Union (RFU) vice president Nikita Simonyan says he doesn't consider the decision by UK Prime Minister Theresa May to ban British officials from attending the Russia 2018 World Cup "important".

"Our priority for all England matches is to ensure the safety and security of the fans, players and staff".

"It's not so important that officials wouldn't come".

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will be taking "blood money" by working for Russian state-backed channel RT during the World Cup, according to a British member of parliament. "As is standard practice, we will take all travel guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office". "It's important if the team comes, and it wants to come".



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