10 Mar '18, 4am

Five diplomatic rows looming over Russia's World Cup - Channel NewsAsia

PARIS: The World Cup is a prime opportunity for the host country to burnish its international image - but Russia's tensions with the West mean that will prove tricky this year. After a former Russian spy was attacked with a nerve agent on an English street, Britain is considering pulling its officials from the tournament in June and July if it is proved that Moscow was behind the poisoning. Britain's Daily Mail newspaper complained that Western countries would hand Russia a "sheen of acceptability and normality, a bloody stamp of approval" by taking part. But for Simon Chadwick, a professor who writes about sport and geopolitics at the University of Salford near Manchester, the Cup is more about boosting President Vladimir Putin's image at home than abroad. "It's about projecting an image of Russia as strong and powerful," he said, just as the Kremlin used the 2014 Sochi W...

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