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Russian speaker slams UK’s PM as hostage to her own Russophobia, World Cup boycott calls

July 11, 2018, 16:57 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The World Cup will end on July 15

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UK Prime Minister Theresa May

UK Prime Minister Theresa May

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MOSCOW, July 11. /TASS/. UK Prime Minister Theresa May was held hostage by her own Russophobic statements and appeals to boycott the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said, commenting on the absence of British government officials at the England matches.

"Firstly, as you can see, there are many problems in Theresa May’s cabinet in Great Britain now. British sociologists see a serious split in the society over the political agenda itself, with ministers resigning one after another and the situation being escalated," the speaker of the upper parliamentary chamber stated.

"But, I think, there is more to it than that. I think that Theresa May was held hostage by her own Russophobic statements and even calls for a boycott. [She] must be feeling rather uncomfortable in this situation," Matviyenko went on. This is why the British PM "has to congratulate her coach and football players on Twitter," she said.

"Now, if we consider it possible for the British team to enter the final, the question is what Theresa May will have to get over? Over the load of her own Russophobic statements or over the expectations of the millions of British fans and the belief in her team?" she concluded.

The FIFA World Cup will end on July 15. On Tuesday, the first finalist was declared - it is France, which defeated Belgium 1-0 in St. Petersburg. The second finalist will be announced on Wednesday evening after the Croatia - England match that will take place at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

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