FA to work closely with United Kingdom authorities regarding Russia World Cup participation

The tournament is set to start in June

The FA are in regular contact with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, but Sky Sports News have been told there have been no emergency discussions following the poisoning of the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury.

Federation Internationale de Football Association noted the British government stance, acknowledging "it is up to each country independently, to decide on their attendance" of diplomatic visitors to the World Cup.

The provocation by western countries, based on the alleged poisoning of a former Russian official and the accusation against Moscow for that action, aims to sabotage the FIFA World Cup in this country, the Foreign Ministry denounced today.

In a statement given to Press Association Sport, Rhondda MP Chris Bryant said: "To my mind, this is blood money, paid directly from the Russian state coffers".

May said "in the aftermath of this appalling act against our country this relationship (with Russia) can not be the same".

Mourinho is not the only high-profile football figure connected to RT, with former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and ex-Liverpool winger Stan Collymore also working for the channel.

Former Scottish National Party leader Salmond faced similar criticism when he became a presenter for RT a year ago.

Bryant's fellow Welsh Labour MP Stephen Doughty urged Mourinho to reconsider his position.

The Football Association has declined to comment on what the UK's worsening relationship with Russian Federation might mean for the World Cup but is understood to believe it should not impact England's plans to compete in the tournament.

Bryant has previously called for RT's "propaganda" to be banned in the UK.

Mourinho's United are at home to Spanish club Sevilla in a Champions League tie at Old Trafford later Tuesday.

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