British Royal Family Skipping Russia World Cup

Bookmark and Share
May and Putin at odds over spy poisoning (Kremlin)
(WFI) The expected British boycott against Russia’s World Cup is underway.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Wednesday that none of her cabinet members or any members of the British Royal family will attend the football tournament on Russian soil in June and July.

The measure follows May’s deadline given to the Russia government to provide an explanation for the recent poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English town of Salisbury.
May had said it was highly likely Russia was responsible for the attack against Skripal.

Skripal was jailed in Russia in 2006 for selling state secrets to British intelligence for 10 years, but he was released in 2010 as part of a spy exchange. He and his daughter remain in critical condition.

This will be the first time in decades that no senior member of the Royal Family has supported England in person during the World Cup, and the first time in at least 16 years that neither Prince William nor Prince Harry attend the football tournament
At least one of the brothers has cheered England on at matches in the last three World Cups in Brazil, South Africa and Germany.

In addition to the absence of its officials at the World Cup, Britain has ordered the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats believed involved in espionage-related activities. May has also announced the cancelation of high-level meetings with Russian officials and calling off a planned visit to Britain by Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov.

More measures against Moscow are expected for the nerve-gas attack against the former double agent.

Russian officials have condemned the British for whipping up what they call “anti-Russia hysteria". The Kremlin has rejected the “unfounded accusations”. President Vladimir Putin has said “Britain should get to the bottom of this” before questioning Russia for the attack.

By INSIDER Javier Monne

Your best source of news about the global football business is World Football INSIDER

Get Free WFI news bulletins Click Here

(Copyright 1992 - , all rights reserved. The information in this report may not be published, excerpted, or otherwise distributed in print or broadcast without the express prior consent of World Football Insider and Around the Rings, Inc.)

 WFI Spotlight