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Absolute offside: England ready to boycott World Cup 2018 in Russia

Greg Dyke, the Chairman of the Football Association of England, said that Britain was ready to support possible boycott of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.

Absolute offside: England ready to boycott World Cup 2018 in Russia

According to the foreign press, Greg Dyke, the Chairman of the Football Association of England, said that if UEFA opposed the participation of European countries in the World Cup 2018 in Russia, England would definitely support the boycott, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to The Guardian.

Greg Dyke said that his country was ready to enthusiastically support the boycott of future world championships, if such an initiative was expressed by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). He expressed this position in an interview with The Guardian.

"I am told that most of Europe voted against Blatter and all of Latin America. If that is the case then the two biggest football continents said: "We don't want you, Mr Blatter." And those are the two continents that are the World Cup. We won't be pulling out of anything on our own, because we're jolly good chaps, because if the FA did that FIFA will just carry on, won't they? But if Uefa wanted to pull out of the World Cup, we could certainly do it with them," Dyke explained.

However, he does not believe that the whole of UEFA is "ready for revolt" right now.

"Certain countries would do it [join a boycott] but not all of them," said Dyke.

He did not rule out that, in the light of the ongoing investigation of U.S. and Swiss law enforcement agencies, such drastic measures might not be necessary. "The American attorney general said this was the beginning, not the end, and she is probably right. I'm already taking bets Blatter won't last another four years," said the Chairman of the Football Association of England.

It should be recalled that members of the UEFA Executive Committee might leave the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA), if Joseph Blatter, the current head of the organization, wins the FIFA presidential election. It was stated by UEFA President Michel Platini at a press conference in Zurich.