Iceland announces its leaders won't attend World Cup in Russian Federation

Posted March 29, 2018

"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.

Two Russian diplomats identified as undeclared intelligence officers will be expelled by the Australian Government for actions inconsistent with their status, pursuant to the Vienna Conventions.

The European Commission has no confirmation to rumors about its possible boycott of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Mina Andreeva, a spokesperson for the European Commission, said on Tuesday.

The governing body for Australian football said that as far as it was concerned, the World Cup was going ahead as planned.

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However, clarifying to all media and fans, Bishop has now tweeted that the Government was not "considering a boycott".

The games will take place in Kaliningrad, Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, and Yekaterinburg.

Iceland's government representatives will not attend the World Cup in Russia this summer, in solidarity with the United Kingdom after a chemical attack on Russian former agent Sergei Skripal and her daughter in Salisbury, which the British government has blamed on Moscow.

British Prime Minister Theresa May had revealed following the attack on Skripal in English city Salisbury on March 4 that members of the Royal Family, including Prince William, President of the English Football Association, and politicians would not travel to the tournament due to take place between June 14 and July 15.

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"Football Federation Australia respects the Australian Government's responsibility to make decisions about diplomatic and worldwide relations", FFA told Fox Sports.

Australia has long-running sanctions in place against Russian Federation, but it did not prevent the Socceroos from attending last year's FIFA Confederations Cup.

The Socceroos squad is now preparing for an global friendly against Colombia in London on Tuesday evening local time.

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