Iceland leaders to snub W' Cup

Iceland leaders to snub W' Cup

"Iceland temporarily suspends bilateral dialogue on the highest levels with Russian Federation".

Government leaders from Iceland are joining British officials in staying home from the World Cup this summer in Russian Federation.

Australia has taken strict note of the attack in Britain in which former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury and found unconscious on a bench.

And it appears Iceland, who are competing in their first ever World Cup, are the second nation to have have followed suit.

"The refusal of official delegates to attend events within the World Cup will unlikely have any kind of negative effect on this sporting festival as a whole", Peskov told journalists on Wednesday, TASS reported.

Of the 16 European Union states that have already agreed to expel Russian diplomats, six are due to appear in the tournament, including reigning champions Germany, and perennial heavyweights Spain and France.

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The governing body for Australian football said that as far as it was concerned, the World Cup was going ahead as planned. "That is not the plan".

During his Q&A session in Parliament on Tuesday, Johnson told the House of Commons that the United Kingdom has "no plans to boycott the World Cup in Russian Federation or try to get a boycott from the England team which is a matter for the Football Association not the Government".

Boris Johnson has stepped up his anti-Russian rhetoric in recent days, even being accused of insulting the memory of the millions of Russians who died fighting Nazism by comparing the upcoming World Cup with the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin.

It is believed Sweden and Denmark could also stand defiant with England in a boycott.

Russia is certain to respond to the diplomatic expulsions with measures of its own and anti-Russian rhetoric is only deepening in response to the Skripal affair. "If we won it we would be demonstrating that we have got the best football team in the world and it should be about that".

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