Australia to boycott World Cup 2018 over nerve agent attack?

Lothar Matthaus captained Germany to the 1990 World Cup

"Two Russian diplomats identified as undeclared intelligence officers will be expelled by the Australian government for actions inconsistent with their status, pursuant to the Vienna Conventions".

The governing body for Australian football said that as far as it was concerned, the World Cup was going ahead as planned.

The global "snub" comes days after the United States and European allies accused the Kremlin of using a deadly nerve agent against a former spy inside the UK; the first use of a chemical weapon on European soil since the end of World War II.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the government will not join the countries which are diplomatically boycotting the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Ex-International Tijani Babangida has urged the Super Eagles to remain disciplined and focused ahead of this year's Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation.

Concerns the fall-out from the Skripal poisoning affair could spill over into the World Cup increased on Monday as Iceland announced its leaders would follow the UK's lead in boycotting the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

"All of Iceland's closest allies and partners have made a decision to take measures against Russian Federation in the wake of the Salisbury attack, including the Nordic countries, most member states of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as well as several European Union nations", the statement, published on the website of Iceland's government, reads.

"Maybe the World Cup is coming four years too early but for the next World Cup I think they have very good players and have made good results with the youth team in the last 18 months".

"There are a whole range of further options of action that could be taken".

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