'England's players should make a political stand against Russia by wearing black armbands during the World Cup, Labour MP Stephen Kinnock has said.
Mr Kinnock advocated stripping Russia of the tournament and postponing it for a year during a parliamentary debate in March, held following the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter on the streets of Salisbury.
But with the tournament set to proceed as planned he believes the onus now falls on the Three Lions to protest against the policies of the Vladimir Putin regime.
Mr Kinnock knows the country well, having lived and worked there as director of the British Council between 2005 and 2008, and is concerned about how England's silent participation in the event would be perceived.
“Maybe we should seriously consider wearing a black armband in our first match, or in all of our matches, to mark the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the attack on Mr Skripal and his daughter on British territory and the vicious injury to a member of our police force,” he said
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