Russia will host its first FIFA World Cup from June 14 to July 15.

The matches will take place in Kaliningrad, Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, and Yekaterinburg.

The world is getting set but political issues are threatening the flow of the beautiful game this summer.

Former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, were found unconscious in a Salisbury shopping centre on March 14.

They are being treated for exposure to “A234” substance, according to the UK experts, who say it is of Novichok type of military-grade nerve agents.

This is why UK Prime Minister Theresa May said on March 11, that her country would lower the level of the official delegation at the World Cup because of Russia’s alleged involvement in the poisoning.

May specified that neither high-ranking officials nor representatives of the royal family would attend the championship.

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Later, Icelandic media reported about the possibility of the country’s officials boycotting the tournament as well.

Former FIFA President, Joseph Blatter now wonders why the tournament should be allowed to suffer for these political issues.

He said on Thursday that he does not support the idea to boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia amid the poisoning scandal.

Blatter urged for the championship to commence “in peace and for peace.”

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“Football has up to two 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!” Blatter wrote on his Twitter.

On March 13, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the accusations were aimed at undermining trust in Russia as the organizer of the FIFA World Cup.


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