FA to work closely with Government on England's World Cup participation

2018-03-14 18:41:02

The Football Association has said it will work closely with the Government regarding England's participation in this summer's World Cup in Russia.

Prime Minister Theresa May announced on Wednesday that 23 Russian diplomats will be expelled from the UK after Moscow refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used on a former spy in Salisbury.

She also said the Royal Family would not attend the World Cup, and the FA has now said its priority is the safety and security of fans, players and staff.

"The FA will continue to work closely with the UK Government and relevant authorities regarding our participation in this summer's FIFA World Cup and the Women's World Cup qualifier in June," the FA said in a statement.

"Our priority for all England matches is to ensure the safety and security of the fans, players and staff. As is standard practice, we will take all travel guidance from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office."

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