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szdaily -> Sports -> 
UK officials call for boycott of World Cup
    2018-03-23  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

BRITISH Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson compared the upcoming World Cup in Russia to Adolf Hitler’s 1936 Olympic Games on Wednesday.

Speaking to the British Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Select Committee, Johnson was agreeing with the Labour Party’s Ian Austin, who first brought up the comparison to the Games and even called for England to pull out of the soccer tournament.

Putin, both Austin and Johnson agreed, is determined to show the world that Russia is “strong again” and deserves to be “taken seriously again — at any price.”

While Austin thinks that England should boycott the games, Johnson disagreed, saying it would be harmful both to the fans — including the 24,000 fans who have applied for visas to attend the games in Russia — and the national team.

“It would be incredibly unfair to punish fans or the team that have worked on this for an incredibly long time,” Johnson said, who also said he needs to have an “urgent conversation” with Russia about how British fans in attendance will be protected.

Both Johnson and Austin’s comments come in the wake of the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury, England, earlier this month — which Johnson said was “overwhelmingly likely” that Putin personally ordered the nerve agent attack.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May also announced last week that members of the government and royal family will not be attending the World Cup.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of the Local Organizing Committee Arkady Dvorkovich responded to those calling for a boycott Wednesday, saying it is “senseless” to do so.

“This will be the best world championship ever. Our country is very hospitable, and we are waiting for everyone here,” Dvorkovich told the Russian News Agency TASS.

(SD-Agencies)

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