Mourinho accused of taking 'blood money' for working for Russian channel

Mourinho accused of taking 'blood money' for working for Russian channel

But prime minister Theresa May's confirmation that a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed exclusively by Russian Federation was used to poison a former double agent on British soil has raised the stakes and thrown World Cup participation back into the mix in terms of how Britain will respond.

Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Foreign Affairs select committee, is one who believes the case for an England World Cup boycott should be examined.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were admitted to hospital on March 4 and remain in a critical condition and May has given Moscow until midnight tonight to come up with a credible explanation after telling parliament the government "has concluded it is highly likely that Russian Federation was responsible" for the attempted murder of Skripal and his daughter.

The Government cannot order the team to pull out, but ministers could place huge pressure on the Football Association to withdraw from an event that will be used for propaganda purposes by an enemy of the UK.

"It has not, however, prevented British politicians from already from making the conclusion on Russia's involvement in the matter, which now leads to punishments such as boycotting the World Cup". So now they want to "punish" us with a World Cup boycott.

'Can our national football team play in the World Cup in Russian Federation with a clear conscience when this is going on?'

"We have repeatedly warned that before the start of the Russia World Cup the Western press will launch an all-out media campaign with the intention of discrediting Russia and undermining trust in the country, as the host nation of the tournament", read the statement, which included a mock "Fake News" stamp atop cuttings of the articles.

"As we expected, the English are especially active in this, they can not forgive Russian Federation for winning the rights to host the 2018 World Cup instead of them, which was a fair decision after a fair election".

It comes days after British MPs called for a co-ordinated boycott of the World Cup.

"Not long ago they [the U.K.] said that sport must stay out of politics, and now here we are again", Simonyan told Interfax.

Simonyan also added that the refusal to participate in the World Cup could threaten the relationship between countries.

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