Jose Mourinho slammed for taking 'blood money' from Russian Federation amid spy attack

Ruben Hill
March 14, 2018

British officials have suggested a possible boycott of next summer's tournament in Russia after the March 4 poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent.

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.

Several lawmakers called for a ban on RT on Monday after British Prime Minister Theresa May said it was "highly likely" that Russian Federation was behind the attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal.

Jose Mourinho's decision to work as a pundit for Russian television channel RT during the World Cup has been criticised by British politician Chris Bryant MP.

However, the ministry was adamant that such conclusions had been made in haste, saying: "The investigation into [the poisoning of Skripal], which is not only still not complete, but virtually hasn't even started".

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.

England's governing Football Association has yet to make any comment on what Britain's worsening political relationship with Russian Federation would mean in terms of the World Cup.

"We want to emphasize once more: Further provocative false stories that stir up anti-Russian hysteria will only complicate the relationship between our countries and bring a blow to world sport".

"As we predicted, particularly active has been the English [press], which can not forgive that our country fairly and squarely won the right to host the 2018 World Cup".

It comes days after British MPs called for a co-ordinated boycott of the World Cup. "Should England refuse to participate, followed by Poland, Japan, Australia, it will not be a weaker World Cup, their seats are likely to be occupied by those who took second place in the qualifying groups".

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".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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