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Britain threatens to boycott Russia FIFA WC over spy death

March 13, 2018 10:27 IST

England's Harry Kane (on ground) scores the winner past Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak during their FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier at Wembley Stadium in London in October 2017

IMAGE: England's Harry Kane (on ground) scores the winner past Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak during their FIFA 2018 World Cup Group F Qualifier at Wembley Stadium in London in October 2017 (Image used for representational purposes). Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Russia’s foreign ministry said on Monday British threats to boycott the 2018 soccer World Cup over the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England would damage ties with Moscow and hurt world sport, Interfax news agency reported.

 

Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier on Monday it was “highly likely” that Moscow was responsible for the attack and some British officials have suggested boycotting the Russia-hosted World Cup later this year in response.

“We want to emphasize once again: such provocative statements, which fan anti-Russian hysteria, only complicate relations between our countries and are blow to world sport,” Interfax quoted the ministry as saying in a statement.

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