Russia fires back at UK, refer to 2018 World Cup - FCNaija

World Cup 2018 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 13/03/2018

Russian president Vladimir Putin has fired back to the United Kingdom as tension rise, between both nations as the host indicate winning the right to host the 2018 World Cup over England.

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, claimed on Monday that the host country was involved in the poisoning of a former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia who were living in the English cathedral city of Salisbury in what is widely believed to be an attempted hit ordered by the Kremlin.

Skripal and his daughter remain in a critical but stable condition in hospital, plus a local policeman is also hospitalized and local residents have been warned about the impact of the military-grade nerve agent which it is claimed were developed with Russia influence.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the stance from May is a "circus” and the Russian Foreign Ministry had the following to say in a statement:

"As we expected, the United Kingdom is especially active, being unable to forgive Russia for winning the right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup in a fair struggle. The UK media outlets are actively repeating calls for a boycott.”

Leading UK politicians have been suggesting that England could pull out of the tournament if relations with Russia deteriorate further, while the UK has already revealed that leading dignitaries such as Prince William (also the head of the English Football Association) will not attend the tournament this summer.

England begins their campaign in Volgograd against Tunisia, followed by Panama in Nizhny Novgorod and Belgium in Kaliningrad.