Australian Government Confirms Boycott Of The 2018 World Cup In Russia

Australian Government Confirms Boycott Of The 2018 World Cup In Russia

The Australian Government has announced it will not send an official delegation the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The Foreign Minister Julie Bishop floated the thought of a total boycott earlier in March before explaining it did not refer to the national team.

The cold relationship between Russia and Australia was further dampened by Russia's the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and the shooting downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in the same year resulting in the death of 38 Australians.

Ms Bishop told AAP: "The Australian Government will not interfere in the decisions of the Football Federation of Australia in relation to the World Cup. The Australian Ambassador to Moscow will attend the Socceroos games."

The United Kingdom also imposed a “state boycott” following the poisoning of former spy, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.

Football Federation Australia has toed a diplomatic line. An FFA representative told reporters it backed FIFA's "recognition of the importance of human rights and non-discrimination".

"FFA also has an explicit obligation as a FIFA member to take part in FIFA competitions. We believe that events like the World Cup highlight diversity, tolerance and international cooperation.

"That is why FFA is looking forward taking its place among the 32 nations at the World Cup finals and representing Australia."