But prime minister Theresa May's confirmation that a military-grade nerve agent of a type developed exclusively by Russian Federation was used to poison a former double agent on British soil has raised the stakes and thrown World Cup participation back into the mix in terms of how Britain will respond.
In a statement given to Press Association Sport, Rhondda MP Chris Bryant said: "To my mind, this is blood money, paid directly from the Russian state coffers".
RT, formerly known as Russia Today, was set up in the mid-2000s to counter what Russian President Vladimir Putin saw as the dominance of American and British global media organisations and their allegedly pro-Western bias.More news: Vikings QB Keenum to sign with Broncos
Prime Minister Theresa May has demanded answers from Russian Federation over the nerve poisoning and is considering possible responses, which believe might include some sort of boycott at this year's World Cup.
Welsh Labour MP, Stephen Doughty added: "It's not just MPs".
"It has not, however, prevented British politicians from already from making the conclusion on Russia's involvement in the matter, which now leads to punishments such as boycotting the World Cup". "I would urge leading football figures to rethink - not least after this week's revelations - whether their punditry on Putin's mouthpiece is appropriate".More news: Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari re-elected to 2nd term of office
The Football Association has declined to comment on what the UK's worsening relationship with Russian Federation might mean for the World Cup but is understood to believe it should not impact England's plans to compete in the tournament.
The FA is adamant that global relations with Russian Federation are none of its business, and will leave those political considerations to Government.
Bryant's statement came as Mourinho was busy with United's Champions League last-16 second leg against Sevilla at Old Trafford tonight.More news: There are 7000 pairs of shoes outside the Capitol. Here's why