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    Another thread contaminated by EU Referendum obsession.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Beanstalk View Post
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      We didn't really invent football though
      Yeah, we did.
      ... the Chinese did.
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      All we did was write standardised rules down so a bunch of public schoolboys could play each other.
      We standardised the rules so that the game resembled what we call football. What the Chinese had was more akin to warfare. There wasn't even a pitch or battleground, it was fought in the land between villages.
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      The last thing we should do is boycott it. What will it do? They'll just invite another nation, Italy say, to take our place. Even if the Italians (or the Dutch) turn it down out of some notion of European solidarity (no I'm not holding my breath either) someone will take the slot.
      How about we announce the boycott just before the game is due to kick off? They're going to have to have meetings to decide who should be invited, then get them all to stop drinking and get themselves ready for a WC and fly to Russia. Nah, they'll just have a group with 1 less team.
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      I’m sure UK pubs will be delighted if we pull out!
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      We can't cancel it, but we can withdraw... and hopefully some of our friends would too. It is a possibility - they certainly wouldn't like it.
      Scotland would step in our place.
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      The problem with boycotts is that someone has to use their subjective judgement to make the decision. I would imagine that all countries execute enemy spies and there has been collateral damage in many such incidents. A good example is American drone strikes in the Middle East. The world is imperfect and if you look hard enough you will find reason to boycott just about anybody. I think that as football fans we should not let our sport be used as a pawn in a political battle.
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      We should go there and throw in the towel early as a protest.
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      Just have the European heavyweights boycott the tournament, just will do the trick
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      There are arguments for and against but one thing I do know is that if we DID decide to boycott the tournament I really wouldn't be bothered, and that's the first time in my 49 years I've ever said that about a World Cup.

      Russia doesn't deserve to host the tournament, their record on doping is abysmal, I don't believe our fans will be safe there, the chances of violence occurring are high.

      Does Putin intend to keep killing spies and using nerve agents in the UK while the tournament is underway, or is he going to grant us a six-week amnesty?
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      I appreciate that is tongue-in-cheek, but how anyone can blame Brexit for this, or say we could have mounted a successful boycott but for Brexit, is beyond me. (Unless of course you write for the Independent whereby you can shoehorn a negative Brexit comment into a weather report). We have exactly the same number of international friends and allies, and we have exactly the same amount of real world influence as we had before the referendum. Nothing has changed, except perhaps some pretences have been dropped and some countries no longer have to pretend to like or support us.

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