Australia to boycott World Cup 2018 over nerve agent attack?

"The World Cup is one of the further actions", Bishop stated on Monday, talking about the steps Australia could take in addition to the expulsion of two Russian diplomats in response to the poisoning of former double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, UK, which many Western countries blame on Moscow.

At least six countries are planning a "state boycott" of Russia's upcoming 2018 World Cup after a botched nerve agent attack on British soil; announcing all government officials will stay home while their nation's athletes compete in the global soccer competition.

Iceland's decision came as 16 European Union (EU) countries today gave a large number of Russian envoys notice to leave their territory.

He explained: "If Europe's three leading football nations who bookmakers expect to be semi-finalists in the World Cup - Germany, France and Spain - were to decide that an unprovoked nerve agent attack by Russian Federation on a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally merited joining England in a boycott it would destroy the credibility and attraction of the tournament and hurt Putin's popularity more than any economic or diplomatic sanction".

"Among the measures taken by Iceland is the temporary postponement of all high-level bilateral dialogue with Russian authorities", the statement said. Polish President Andrzej Duda already has announced that he will not attend the Opening Ceremony in Moscow.

The governing body for Australian football said that as far as it was concerned, the World Cup was going ahead as planned. At least a lot of them are not going to spurn the grand Russia-hosted FIFA football event.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to take place from June 14 to July 15. "It is also important for the players not to raise the bar too high", Babangida, a member of Super Eagles side to the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.