Professor Anthony Glees, director of the University of Buckingham’s Centre for Security and Intelligence, has shared his concern with Daily Express, alleging that Russian women could seduce top English players under the cover of darkness in order to blackmail them before a big game.
“I know England don’t have much hope [at winning the World Cup] but if there’s some way to scupper England’s chances even more, through food poisoning, or honey traps with leading players and gorgeous Russian girls, they will do it. […] I’m not hysterical about this, I accept none of this is a done deal and I know some people are less averse to risk than I am. But I’m saying they could do it, these are the sort of things that could happen,” Glees told the media outlet.
Last month, The Sun reported that the national team of England would arrive in Russia with their own cooks and food (including meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, rice, baked beans, tomato sauce, chocolate, tea bags, etc.) in order to prevent poisoning. The announcement came amid the alleged poisoning attack on former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, UK.
Russia will host the FIFA World Cup from June 14 to July 15 2018. Games will take place in a total of 11 cities, including Moscow, Kazan, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, St. Petersburg, Volgograd and Yekaterinburg.