The diplomatic boycott of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, declared by some countries after the incident in Salisbury, is unlikely to affect the championship.

This is the strong view being held by Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov who told reporters on Wednesday that the World Cup in the first place is not for the diplomats but for players.

"In this case, the refusal by officials to attend some events as part of the World Cup is unlikely to have a negative effect on the sports holiday in general since the important thing about the World Cup is not the arrival of officials or official representatives, the important thing is the game of the teams," Peskov said.

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Aside from England, Poland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Australia and Japan have all threatened diplomatic boycott of the FIFA World Cup in Russia and more are expected to follow.

The snubs come after Theresa May’s announcement last week that Prince William and all her government ministers will refuse to play any part in the 2018 World Cup.

On his part, ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter argues that any boycott of the World Cup would be wrong.

Blatter tweeted: “Football has up to 2 billion followers. FIFA-World Cup 2018 in Russia: The most important sport event in the world.

"Therefore no boycott! Let’s play the game in peace and for peace!”