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    Russian welcome mat laid out for our fans....


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    Just read this. Looks like anyone with an English accent is fair play for Putins state sponsored militia, sorry 'fans'.

    The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised all England fans travelling to Russia to prepare for hostility as a result of the increased tensions between the two countries.

    The FCO said: "Due to heightened political tensions between the UK and Russia, you should be aware of the possibility of anti-British sentiment or harassment at this time.

    "If you're currently in Russia or due to travel in the coming weeks, you're advised to remain vigilant, avoid any protests or demonstrations and avoid commenting publicly on political developments."


    You thought France was bad. I can see this going very, very pear shaped.
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      I thought FIFA were all about separating sport and politics.



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      I think most fans are going for the football and not polical protests.

      My advice is to leave the soap boxes at home.
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      To be fair, the decision to give it to Russia was at a time when we were relatively friendly. Also, fifa have nothing to do with any statements from the FCO
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      To be fair, the decision to give it to Russia was at a time when we were relatively friendly. Also, fifa have nothing to do with any statements from the FCO
      Fair points, although the 'relatively' is the key word here.

      I will await their decisive action when/if it all kicks off.

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      To be fair, the decision to give it to Russia was at a time when we were relatively friendly. Also, fifa have nothing to do with any statements from the FCO
      Weren't we relatively friendly (politically speaking) in 2016 in France?
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      I hope it's a friendly World Cup and the Russian police deal quickly and effectively with any potential troublemakers from any team.

      An ex diplomat on the BBC was saying the other day, that if any English supporters find themselves in legal trouble in Russia, not to expect the 'normal' service from our consular staff due to the reduction in staff recently.

      I think anyone going and behaving sensibly will have a great time, but I can imagine there will be simmering tension just below the surface.

      Probably a good idea will be to hope that we don't have to play Russia in the later stages!

      edit: We can't play Russia until the semi-final at the earliest, I can imagine there will be a very good chance us or Russia or both will not get that far anyway.
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      Personally, I think this will be a WC remembered for all the wrong reasons. I think some lives will be permanently changed at this event which will lead to an even greater political unrest.
      I really fear for those who are intending on going. I can see the so called experts sitting back afterwards telling us all how it shouldn’t have been allowed to go ahead, after the event.
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      People were saying the same about South Africa before that tournament. I fully expect there to be the usual few pissed up idiots throwing some plastic furniture about but the world is watching and cannot see the Russians letting it descend into the Wild West
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      Thank goodness we've got Qatar to look forward to...

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