A Russian Senator has accused the United States of trying to disrupt the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.
Team US did not qualify for the competition, the first time since 1986.
Andrei Klimov of the Federation Council’s upper house of parliament’s new ‘protection of state sovereignty commission’ said, “The commission has received credible evidence showing that American government officials are directly steering their European colleagues into using the subject of sport to the utmost to discredit Russia in 2018.”
“We have grounds to believe that an attack will occur on the football World Cup.”
Russia is in diplomatic row with the West over disputes ranging from Ukraine and Syria to Moscow’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election.