Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Iceland announces its leaders won't attend World Cup in Russian Federation

Iceland announces its leaders won't attend World Cup in Russian Federation

Earlier on Tuesday, Bishop warned a boycott of the World Cup was an action the government was considering as part of further sanctions against Russian Federation.

Iceland became the latest country to take action against Russian Federation in the spy poisoning row, announcing Monday that its officials would be boycotting the 2018 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.

Iceland's foreign minister Gudlaugur Thor tweeted that his country stands with the United Kingdom over an attack against a former Russian spy in England.

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.

Bishop later tweeted a link to an SBS News story on the boycott, saying, "That is wrong - the government is not considering a boycott of the #World Cup".

According to FIFA, the world soccer federation, of the almost 5 million ticket requests made before its random selection draw sales period ended on January 31, roughly 87,000 were from fans in the United States, the 10th most of any country. Swedish and Danish authorities are also now considering boycotting the football event.

And it appears Iceland, who are competing in their first ever World Cup, are the second nation to have have followed suit.

"We have sought clarification regarding the foreign minister's comments about the World Cup".

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.

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