US urges football fans to 'think twice' about Russia World Cup

US urges football fans to 'think twice' about Russia World Cup

US and UK football fans should “think twice” about travelling to the World Cup in Russia this summer, a senior White House official has warned.

"I would think twice because we won’t have the same ability to protect our citizens or even just dealing with the regular consular affairs when we’re there. And the other countries too. You would have that concern in any country about having the lack of consular support," the White House official warned anyone planning to attend.

"If you get into any kind of difficulty there, we just won’t have the wherewithal. People have accidents. They get ill, they need to be medevacked out. We’re not suggesting that there are going to be some major sets of incidents but it’s just those larger concerns," the Guardian cited the official as saying.

According to the source, the US is trying to work with Russia on counter-terrorism as well. "Any large sporting event, no matter what country now, is a target. And so we’ve now got less ability to be able to do that with the Russians than before because they’ve decimated the counterparts who would be dealing with this kind of thing, for the UK and the US," the source added.

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