Iceland leaders to snub 2018 World Cup in Russia

first_img0Shares0000The 2018 World Cup will see Iceland compete for the first time at the highest level © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVREYKJAVIK, Iceland, Mar 26 – Iceland announced Monday it will stage a diplomatic boycott of the football World Cup in Russia over the poisoning of a former double agent in Britain.“Among the measures taken by Iceland is the temporary postponement of all high-level bilateral dialogue with the Russian authorities,” the foreign ministry said in a statement said. “Consequently, Icelandic leaders will not attend the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer,” it said.The Reykjavik government also exhorted Moscow to provide “clear answers” over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in southwestern England on March 4.“The Salisbury attack constitutes a grave violation of international law and threatens security and peace in Europe,” the statement said.Britain announced in mid-March that British royals and ministers would stay away from the FIFA tournament set for June 14-July 15.Iceland’s decision came as 16 European Union countries on Monday gave a large number of Russian envoys notice to leave their territory.The United States, Canada and Ukraine have also announced the expulsion of dozens more Russian diplomats.Iceland, a member of NATO but not of the EU, imposed sanctions against Russia along with the EU over the annexation of Crimea.This year’s World Cup will see Iceland compete for the first time at the highest level.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Video: Pirlo makes up for error with one of his trademarks

first_imgIt was classic Andrea Pirlo.Having gifted DC United the lead in New York City’s MLS match, a trademark pass from the Italian saw David Villa score with one of his trademark passes and make it 2-1.Check out Pirlo’s error below in New York City’s 3-1 win. 1 Andrea Pirlo passed to David Villa who scored for New York City last_img

Diego Simeone vows to stay on and improve Atletico Madrid

first_imgAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone, a month on from a second Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in three years, has made it clear that his immediate future is with the Spanish club.The Argentine, who has been at Atletico since 2011 and is under contract for another four years, said after the loss on penalties to Real that he wanted to explore his options. But now he says he is only concentrating on making the team better.”I spoke in the heat of the moment,” Simeone told reporters on Wednesday in Buenos Aires. “We Argentinians are like that. Others are not at fault for beating you, I learned that a long time ago.”To remember the pain and the suffering is necessary to better yourself.”Simeone has won the Europa League, King’s Cup and La Liga in his four-and-a-half seasons at the Spanish club.The 46-year-old says only a few teams that have “more resources” are superior to Atletico and expects his side to continue to fight for titles domestically and internationally. “I don’t believe there are many teams better than us,” he said.”We have created a strong group. To be better than Atletico is very difficult because we play as a team. Only Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are better than Atletico, no one else. We are constantly anxious to improve.” Atletico president Enrique Cerezo is looking to keep the same core of players while also bringing in reinforcements.French forward Antoine Griezmann, who scored 32 goals in 51 appearances for Atletico this season, signed a one-year contract extension earlier this month.advertisementAtletico have agreed to sign Argentine midfielder Nicolas Gaitan from Benfica and are looking to strengthen their attack. “The aim is to improve from last season,” Cerezo told reporters on Wednesday. “I know what Atletico needs and that is why we are working well and we will bring in players and good ones.””We have turned down offers of millions for almost every player that we have and we will assume that financial weight in order to maintain the backbone of this team and for the important players to remain here.”last_img read more