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European Commission’s spokesperson denies rumors on 2018 FIFA World Cup’s boycott

March 27, 14:08 UTC+3

A number of Western media reports suggested earlier that some of the member states of the European Commission decided in favor of boycotting the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia

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BRUSSELS, March 27. /TASS/. The European Commission has no confirmation to rumors about its possible boycott of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Mina Andreeva, a spokesperson for the European Commission, said on Tuesday.

"We will inform everyone if such information is true," Andreeva told journalists in response to a question whether the European Commission planned to boycott the upcoming world football championship in Russia this summer.

Andreeva added, however, that currently no representative of the European Commission was ready to say if he or she would be in attendance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

"I cannot confirm at the moment the attendance of officials from the European Commission," she said.

A number of Western media reports suggested earlier that some of the member states of the European Commission decided in favor of boycotting the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia in view of the case of the poisoning of former Russian military intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Great Britain. The UK authorities accuse Moscow of being behind the poisoning case.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 79 days with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow.

Russia selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.

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