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England urged to ignore World Cup 2018 boycott calls by former Football Association chairman Greg Dyke – Daily Mail

  • Greg Dyke says he cannot see Football Association pulling England out of Russia
  • Members of Parliament have suggested a boycott after Sergei Skripal incident
  • Skripal was the victim of an alleged assassination attempt from the Russia state

Joe Bernstein for The Mail on Sunday

Former FA chairman Greg Dyke says that the governing body should defy any call for England, captained by Harry Kane, to boycott the World Cup in Russia.

Foreign Affairs Select Committee chairman Tom Tugendhat and Chris Bryant, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Russia Group, have urged a boycott if it is proved that the assassination attempt on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury is linked to the Kremlin.

But Dyke says that the FA, who would risk being banned by Fifa from future tournaments if they did pull out, should defy the Government, just as the British Olympic Association did in 1980.

England are set to compete in Russia this summer despite an ongoing diplomatic crisis

England are set to compete in Russia this summer despite an ongoing diplomatic crisis

England are set to compete in Russia this summer despite an ongoing diplomatic crisis

The BOA ignored a request from Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to boycott the Moscow Olympics following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

The Duke of Cambridge, the FA president, is said to have no plans to attend and it is likely that no Government ministers will go if a link is proved.

But Dyke said: ‘I can’t see the Russians being too worried if a bunch of bigwigs from England decide not to go. The FA pulling the team out would be another matter but I can’t see that happening.’

The FA have said there is no change to their plans.

President Vladimir Putin has been accused of ordering the assassination of Sergei Skripal

President Vladimir Putin has been accused of ordering the assassination of Sergei Skripal

President Vladimir Putin has been accused of ordering the assassination of Sergei Skripal

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