To get back to the subject header ' World cup boycott'
I would have all the NATO member boycott the world cup. Putting football fans upset to one side for a moment.
We are supporting clearly a criminal regime - Putin is a dictator who has learned the lesson of media / social media manipulation to best effect. His closest competitor and ANTI fraud campaigner got stopped from competing due to the Kremlin smearing him with a fraud campaign - the very thing the man was against all along.
Kremlin rules, we pick who runs and if we think they are a threat we'll smear them or just kill them and their family.
Voting? Offer free food in the supermarkets locally to those voting your way, have supporters vote multiple times, stuff ballot boxes full before put out to vote and finally put up balloons in front of cameras when votes are being counted - voting watchers already issues 100+ warnings & they are the obvious ones before we talk social media & Kremlin owned state TV.
The world needs leaders who want to work TOGETHER - for trade, pollution - the greater good of mankind - anyone????
So Russia's is a mess, backing Assad, stealing land - warring, not loving. Signing up to weapons restrictions, while continually developing weapons.
We don't need Russia - no trade agreement, no world cup, no laundered assets all over Europe and no access to Europe or Nato - then in the next few years as the country once again slips into more poverty, they will realise you can't build an army and invade every country with no cash. Russia needs a new type of leader, but until Putin goes, Russia will struggle with many.
So in the big context of things - want to make a statement to Russia - sod football, effective immediately.
We can knock up a quick alternative in a few countries/stadiums and spread the load - and keep the world cup alive. In my dreams
Sport first people & politics 2nd - let us pretend everything is alright in the world - or it is while you are watching the football. Clear where our priorities are.