Super Eagles opponent, Iceland to boycott 2018 World Cup

Lawrence Cooper
March 30, 2018

Western countries have blamed Moscow of the March 4 poisoning of the former double agent in Salisbury, U.K.

Britain earlier stated that the royal family and government ministers would boycott the World Cup over allegations of a Russian trace in the Skripal case.

Reykjavik suspended "all high-level bilateral dialogue with Russian authorities", which included Icelandic leaders not attending Russia 2018.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said other options over the poisoning incident, such as Australia boycotting the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation, could also be taken.

Ex-International Tijani Babangida has urged the Super Eagles to remain disciplined and focused ahead of this year's Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation.

In response to questioning on Tuesday, Bishop said a further escalation of diplomatic action was possible.

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

To date the actions taken by the United Kingdom and its allies have been largely confined to expulsions of diplomats, with over 100 Russian officials expelled over the last few days - mainly from the US and European countries.

"The boycott of the World Cup is one of the further actions that could be taken in relation to this matter", she told a media conference.

On Wednesday, though, she cleared up what she thought had been a misunderstanding over her comments.

Some may also be waiting for the 2019 women's World Cup in France, which is a potentially more attractive travel destination for Americans in terms of infrastructure and location.

Minister of Youth and Sports, Khaled Abdel Aziz, revealed on Sunday that the Egyptian Television will broadcast a number of the 2018 World Cup matches.

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