Foreign Affairs Committee

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s preparations for the World Cup inquiry

Inquiry status: open

The deadline for written submissions was 13 May 2018. If you would like to send a submission in, please contact Committee staff.

Scope of the inquiry

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held in Russia between 14 June and 15 July. Ten thousand England fans are expected to attend, with matches in Volgograd, Kaliningrad and Nizhny Novgorod.

The Foreign Affairs Committee is launching an inquiry into the FCO’s preparations for the World Cup, in light of the UK’s reduced diplomatic presence in Russia following the Salisbury incident, and previous clashes between English and Russian football fans.

The inquiry will examine the FCO’s role in cross-government preparations for the tournament, and the impact of recent heightened tensions between the UK and Russia.

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