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Iceland leaders to snub W' Cup
29 March 2018, 01:59 | Vickie Mathis
Russia Proves a Challenging Destination for Some World Cup Fans
Iceland officials join the U.K.in their World Cup boycott as Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed on March 14 that no members of the British royal family or government ministers will attend the event.
Australia is said to be going through a diplomatic crisis as the federal government has expelled two Russian spies after a poisoning incident in the United Kingdom.
"The boycott of the World Cup is one of the further actions that could be taken in relation to this matter".
However, comments by Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, raised again the spectre of a sporting boycott as she told reporters yesterday that: "There are a whole range of further options of action that could be taken".
Bishop said she thought Australia had taken "appropriate action" with the removal of the two Russian diplomats.
Traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, MH17 which was shot down in 2014 killing all 298 passengers and crew. Most of the victims were Dutch and 28 were Australian.
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.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial global football tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA.
A total 32 nations will take part in the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup, which will be held from June 14 to July 15 in 12 venues across 11 host cities in Russian Federation. "This decision reflects the shocking nature of the attack - the first offensive use of chemical weapons in Europe since World War II, involving a highly lethal substance in a populated area, endangering countless other members of the community".
Iceland are in Group D alongside Nigeria, Argentina and Croatia in the upcoming football World Cup in Russian Federation.
A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities.
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