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The Lib Dems’ leader, Vince Cable, has said there should be an EU-wide boycott of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Do it collectively. That would really hurt them. The World Cup would not be viable. It would make it pointless.
I am not advocating Britain acting unilaterally. That would be a futile gesture. It would cause a lot of annoyance in the UK and have minimal impact on the tournament.
It gives me no pleasure to say this, but I’m afraid that the World Cup should now be in question.
I think England’s participation in the World Cup ought to be in question, but certainly there should be no question of government officials, dignitaries, of senior members of the FA going over there.
I recognise this is the pinnacle of a player’s career, and they may only get one shot at it, so it’s not a step that should be taken lightly.
You will find that our response is commensurate but robust.