The current official game ball bearing the logo of the Russia 2018 soccer World Cup is on display during the adidas annual balance news conference in Herzogenaurach, Germany, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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British politicians and royals will not attend the World Cup in Russia after the poisoning of a former spy in England, Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday, although she didn't address calls to boycott the tournament completely.The attack has heightened diplomatic tensions between the countries, and travelers to Russia have been warned they could face anti-British sentiment.The English Football Association, whose president is Prince William, has avoided commenting directly on calls by some politicians, including the leader of the Liberal Democrats, not to send its national team to Russia.Russian officials have also bridled at criticism from British media about doping in Russian sports.Russian soccer officials are pleased the England team will still be making the trip in June.
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