Britain warned on Tuesday that its participation in the 2018 Russian World Cup will be at risk if it’s shown that Moscow is behind a mysterious illness that afflicted a former Russian double agent, according to Reuters.

 

 

“Thinking about the World Cup … this summer, I think it would be very difficult to imagine that the representation of the United Kingdom in that event could go ahead as usual”, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told Parliament.

The BBC learned that Sergei Skripal, 66, was hospitalized and put on intensive care after being exposed on Sunday to an unknown substance in the British city of Salisbury, in southern England.

The ex-military man and his daughter Yulia, 33, were found unconscious Sunday at a bank in a shopping mall called Maltings.

Although the substance has not yet been identified, the British public health office said that it didn’t pose any known risk to the health of citizens.

Skripal had been convicted in Russia in 2006 for spying for the United Kingdom and received refuge in 2010 in this country after an “exchange of spies” between the United States and Moscow.

 

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