FA clarifies England's World Cup stance amid Prime Minister's Russia boycott

FA clarifies England's World Cup stance amid Prime Minister's Russia boycott

FA clarifies England's World Cup stance amid Prime Minister's Russia boycott

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been accused by a British MP of taking "blood money" in deciding to work as a World Cup pundit for Russian state-owned channel RT.

SO it is suggested that we punish Vladimir Putin for boycotting the soccer World Cup.

Mourinho has refused to answer questions on his involvement with the channel - formerly known as Russia Today - since last week's poisoning.

His comments came after May declared no British officials or members of the royal family would visit Russian Federation in retaliation for Moscow's perceived involvement in the nerve gas attack on former British spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, UK.

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"To my mind, this is blood money, paid directly from the Russian state coffers", said Bryant, a Labour MP who in 2015 briefly served as shadow secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport.

Former top-flight stars Stan Collymore and Peter Schmeichel also work for RT, as do politicians George Galloway and Alex Salmond.

The British government's most significant response has been to announce the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats but it has also said that no government ministers or members of the royal family will attend this summer's World Cup.

Former Scottish National Party leader Salmond faced similar criticism when he became a presenter for RT previous year.

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"Serious questions are already being asked about participation in the Russian-hosted World Cup", he said.

"I would urge leading football figures to rethink - not least after this week's revelations - whether their punditry on Putin's mouthpiece is appropriate", Doughty said.

With Gareth Southgate due to name his squad later today for this month's friendlies against Holland and Italy, the FA finally issued a public statement on Wednesday on the escalating crisis against a backdrop of calls in some quarters for the England team to boycott the World Cup.

Moscow responded with a threat to bar all British media working in Russian Federation if RT was banned from Britain.

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