Australia to boycott World Cup 2018 over nerve agent attack?

England player considers hiring own security firm to travel to Russia with his family for World Cup

Media previously reported that Australia meant to refuse to come to Russia to attend the landmark football championship, thereby backing their British colleagues in the case of the poisoning of Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

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.

Reykjavik suspended "all high-level bilateral dialogue with Russian authorities", which included Icelandic leaders not attending Russia 2018.

Mr. Wiersema, whose group sent more than 500 members to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, also cited potential worries related to Russia's geopolitical situation, the violent reputation of some of its soccer fans and its government's position on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Of the 16 European Union states that have already agreed to expel Russian diplomats, six are due to appear in the tournament, including reigning champions Germany, and perennial heavyweights Spain and France. "That is not the plan".


"The FIFA World Cup is one of the further actions that could be taken in relation to this matter", she was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald while addressing a joint press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

"There are a whole range of further options of action that could be taken".

Russia is certain to respond to the diplomatic expulsions with measures of its own and anti-Russian rhetoric is only deepening in response to the Skripal affair.

Britain earlier stated that the royal family and government ministers would boycott the World Cup over allegations of a Russian trace in the Skripal case.

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