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Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Australia considering World Cup boycott, says Foreign Minister Bishop

Australia considering World Cup boycott, says Foreign Minister Bishop

UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced no British diplomat or royal family member would be attending the World Cup this summer, including English FA president Prince William, in retaliation for alleged Russian involvement in the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, UK.

Speaking after Australia joined more than 20 other countries in agreeing to send Kremlin representatives back to Moscow, foreign minister Julie Bishop suggested the Socceroos could be banned from competing in the sporting spectacle - as the UK's allies continue to isolate Russian Federation in response to the poisoning of a former spy in England.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has tweeted that the country's authorities won't boycott the FIFA World Cup which is due to be held in a range of Russian cities and towns June 14 - July 15, thereby busting earlier assumptions.

"Iceland temporarily suspends bilateral dialogue on the highest levels with Russian Federation".

"The Australian government is not considering a boycott of the World Cup", she told reporters in Canberra.

Australia considering World Cup boycott, says Foreign Minister Bishop
Australia considering World Cup boycott, says Foreign Minister Bishop

As part of global action against Moscow, Australia has announced that it will expel two Russian diplomats in response to the nerve agent attack in Britain.

(Russia was first, followed by Germany.) For the 2014 tournament, spectators from the United States purchased a total of almost 200,000 tickets, more than any other country other than the host.

To date the actions taken by the United Kingdom and its allies have been largely confined to expulsions of diplomats, with over 100 Russian officials expelled over the last few days - mainly from the US and European countries.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Khaled Abdel Aziz, revealed on Sunday that the Egyptian Television will broadcast a number of the 2018 World Cup matches.

Nigeria defeated fellow World Cup-bound country Poland 1-0 on Friday in a build-up game for the tournament, with Victor Moses scoring the winner from the spot.

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