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

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

It all started with the murder attempt of former spy Sergei Skripal, whose inanimate body, along with that of his daughter, was found "slumped to bench" near a shopping mall in Salisbury.

But even as the English squad and English football fans-the majority, anyway-are said to be keen on taking part in football's ultimate spectacle, you can't ignore the political dimension of the World Cup (the singing of national anthems and the brandishing of national flags).

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

RT, formerly known as Russia Today, was set up in the mid-2000s to counter what Russian President Vladimir Putin saw as the dominance of American and British worldwide media organisations and their allegedly pro-Western bias.

The channel is seen by its critics as giving a platform to conspiracy theorists as well as far-right or anti-establishment figures who emphasise Western hypocrisy or corruption.

His comments came after May declared no British officials or members of the royal family would visit Russian Federation in retaliation for Moscow's perceived involvement in the nerve gas attack on former British spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, UK.

Former Scottish National Party leader Salmond faced similar criticism when he became a presenter for RT previous year.

Labour MP John Woodock insists "England's participation in the World Cup ought to be in question" and claimed it would be madness for government officials, dignitaries and senior members of the FA to travel to Russian Federation. "I would urge leading football figures to rethink - not least after this week's revelations - whether their punditry on Putin's mouthpiece is appropriate".

Will England go through with boycotting, thus thwarting the dream of the country's football team?

Earlier, British broadcasting regulator Ofcom announced: "We have today written to ANO TV Novosti, holder of RT's United Kingdom broadcast licences, which is financed from the budget of the Russian Federation". Russia's actions "represent an unlawful use of force", she added.

Bryant's statement came as Mourinho was busy with United's Champions League last-16 second leg against Sevilla at Old Trafford tonight.

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