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Iceland threaten to boycott World Cup

By Paul Oluwakoya

 

 

A diplomatic row could stop Iceland from attending the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer.

This development comes on the heels of Iceland threatening to boycott the tournament following the poisoning of a Russian spy agent in Britain.

The tiny European nation is accusing the World cup host of poisoning ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury on March 4.

SportingLife.ng gathered from the Iceland foreign ministry website that the decision could affect the national team from making its debut at the tournament.

“Among the measures taken by Iceland is the temporary postponement of all high-level bilateral dialogue with Russian authorities. Consequently, Icelandic leaders and officials will not attend the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer,” a ministry statement said.

They also ordered the recall of the bloc’s ambassador to Moscow. Iceland is in Group D alongside Nigeria, Argentina and Croatia.

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