BBC's Alan Green plans to boycott World Cup in Russia
BBC commentator Alan Green plans to boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia after English fans were involved in several violent skirmishes at Euro 2016.
English fans fled the Velodrome stadium after the 1–1 tie with Russia after being attacked by a group of Russian fans. UEFA has since charged Russia with crowd disturbances, racist behavior and setting off fireworks.
UEFA's executive committee has also threatened to disqualify both England and Russia from the Euro 2016 tournament.
Green has not missed a World Cup or European Championship for more than 30 years. This year's European Championship marks his 16th major final.
“I sat down with the controller of Five Live a few months ago to discuss a new contract and I think he was taken aback when I said, ‘Look, under no circumstances do I want to do the World Cup in Russia in two years’ time. Absolutely no question of me going there,’” Green told BBC's Five Live’s Breakfast show.
“So, as soon as I knew that FIFA had chosen Russia, I think mistakenly, as the venue for the World Cup, I didn’t want to have anything to do with it remotely,” he added.
Five Live controller Jonathan Wall says that he respects Green's decision.
Russia will play its next match against Slovakia on Wednesday, and England is set to face Wales on Thursday.