At least six countries are planning a "state boycott" of Russia's upcoming 2018 World Cup after a botched nerve agent attack on British soil; announcing all government officials will stay home while their nation's athletes compete in the global soccer competition.
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.
Icelandic politicians will boycott this year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation in protest at claims that the Kremlin was behind the suspected attempted murder of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain earlier this month, they confirmed today.
"We have sought clarification regarding the Foreign Minister's comments about the World Cup", they said.
The friendly match between the French and Russian national teams was one of the preparatory games for the upcoming World Cup, the document continued.
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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.
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.
"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.
This year's World Cup will see Iceland compete for the first time at the highest level.
The final will take place on July 15 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.