British royalty, politicians to skip World Cup after attack

The largely symbolic announcement, coming three months before England is to play at the tournament, was among a series of measures hitting back at the Kremlin.

"This letter explained that, should the United Kingdom investigating authorities determine that there was an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom, we would consider this relevant to our ongoing duty to be satisfied that RT is fit and proper".

The FA is adamant that worldwide relations with Russian Federation are none of its business, and will leave those political considerations to Government.

The World Cup runs from June 14 to July 15 and Gareth Southgate's England are set to face Tunisia, Panama and Belgium in the group stage.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that it was "highly likely" that Russian Federation was behind the attack and promised "extensive measures" against the country if an explanation was not provided.

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The English Football Association, whose president is Prince William, has avoided commenting directly on calls by some politicians, including the leader of the Liberal Democrats, not to send its national team to Russian Federation.

That extends to politicians and members of the royal family not attending games at the June 14-July 15 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Russian Federation has denied all involvement in the incident, which has led to heightened political tensions, with both victims still critically ill in hospital. "You're advised to remain vigilant, avoid any protests or demonstrations and avoid commenting publicly on political developments".

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.

"It's not that important, that the officials aren't coming, that's their problem".

  • Regina Holmes