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Cumbrian MP calls on England to boycott World Cup in Russian Federation

Cumbrian MP calls on England to boycott World Cup in Russian Federation

Some of the country's leading football players called on their government "to act" after being shown a picture of a badly injured young girl in Syria - one of the latest victims of the bombing campaign in eastern Ghouta by Russian and Syrian planes.

There have been increased calls for England to boycott the World Cup for fear the team would be putting themselves in harm's way were they to attend.

Julian Reichelt, editor-in-chief of Bild, likened the Russian World Cup to the notorious 1936 Olympics in Berlin, which were exploited by Adolf Hitler to promote Nazi propaganda.

"I don't want to make a direct comparison between Nazi Germany and the Kremlin, but there is a parallel of using sports events to change perspectives and cloud the view of what is really going on", he said.

'Russian planes are carrying out sorties every day in Syria and have already flattened Aleppo.




But prime minister Theresa May's confirmation that a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed exclusively by Russian Federation was used to poison a former double agent on British soil has raised the stakes and thrown World Cup participation back into the mix in terms of how Britain will respond.

Last week, United Kingdom foreign secretary Boris Johnson said that "it will be very hard to imagine that UK representation [at the World Cup] will go ahead in the normal way" if Russian involvement was proven.

Tugendhat said it was "extraordinary" the World Cup was being held "in a country that used murder as an instrument of state policy" and said "a boycott should be kept on the table". Russia's choice to be an global bully must be met with a response that hits them where it really hurts, their pride. "Now the British media are actively calling for a boycott of the upcoming World Cup".

England's football team will still go to the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer, unless the Football Association are told directly by Government that they are not to attend, Sky Sports News understands.

Sources have told ESPN FC there are no plans for the English Football Association to hold talks regarding any potential boycott, but the foreign ministry for this summer's host nation responded with criticism to the prospect of any withdrawal by the England national team.


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