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

29 March, 2018, 02:00 | Author: Melinda Barton
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A total of 16 E.U. member states, other European countries, the US, and Canada announced on Monday that they would be expelling Russian diplomats over the Sergei Skripal case.

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

"The boycott of the World Cup is one of the further actions that could be taken in relation to this matter".

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.

A few hours later, Ms Bishop tweeted: "That is wrong - the government is not considering a boycott of the World Cup".

Bishop said she thought Australia had taken "appropriate action" with the removal of the two Russian diplomats.

Football Federation Australia said on Tuesday that, as far as it was concerned, their Socceroos team would be in Russia in June."As things stand, all qualifying teams, including the England team, will be taking part in this FIFA event and that continues to be our intention", read an FFA statement.


Australia had already imposed a series of sanctions against Russia following the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 and the Russian annexing of parts of Ukraine in 2014.

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.

Traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, MH17 which was shot down in 2014 killing all 298 passengers and crew.

If May was to block the English team's involvement in the World Cup, and then persuade allies to withdraw, the tournament would be all but over.

Iceland are in Group D alongside Nigeria, Argentina and Croatia in the upcoming football World Cup in Russian Federation.

This year's World Cup will see Iceland compete for the first time at the highest level.

A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities.

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