FA clarifies England's World Cup stance

Adidas is standing by its sponsorship of Russia 2018 despite a row over the poisoning of an ex-spy

Forza Football, a live score app, asked 1,000 of its users during Wednesday's Barcelona-Chelsea game if "England should boycott?"

The result was that 48% voted to boycott, with 52% believing England should go to Russian Federation.

RT risks losing its licence to broadcast in Britain if United Kingdom authorities conclude that Moscow was behind a nerve agent attack in Salisbury, southern England that saw a Russian former double agent poisoned on March 4.

It has now been confirmed that they were poisoned by a lethal nerve agent developed by the Russian military and they, and the first policeman on the scene, remain in a serious condition in hospital.

Prime Minister Theresa May said earlier on Monday it was "highly likely" that Moscow was responsible for the attack and some British officials have suggested boycotting the Russia-hosted World Cup later this year in response.

While Russia has angrily denied any state involvement in the attack, the incident has been widely condemned around the globe with many world leaders agreeing with May's assessment that this attempted hit was ordered by the Kremlin.

And the FA has moved to clarify the organisation's stance on England travelling to the World Cup in a statement.

Earlier, British broadcasting regulator Ofcom announced: "We have today written to ANO TV Novosti, holder of RT's United Kingdom broadcast licences, which is financed from the budget of the Russian Federation".

Sources have told ESPN FC that there are no plans for the English Football Association to hold talks regarding any potential boycott, but the foreign ministry for this summer's host nation has responded with criticism to the prospect of any withdrawal by the England national team.

"Plenty of UK-based media representatives have already been accredited and will receive their accreditation confirmations in the coming days".

A FIFA spokesperson said: 'FIFA and the local organising committee have full confidence that all 32 participating teams and football fans from around the world will make this another memorable World Cup.

"NUJ members just want to get on with their jobs, and the politicians should let them".

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