Much of the build-up to the 2018 On cloud nine Cup has focused on the threat of Russian hooligans following the violent and despicable furors in France during the European Championships two years ago.
Militant Russian hooligans ended England fans in Marseille, provoking, ambushing and then severely beating Three Lions devotees in shocking scenes televised across the world.
And with Russia set to herd the tournament themselves this summer, fears are growing organised places of hooligans – who have even been holding hooligan training hams deep in secluded forests – could cause chaos once again.
But one insurance expert has warned Express.co.uk the danger extends far beyond running fracas between two sets of fans and instead reaches to the very top of Russian civics.
Russia could organise ‘honey trap’ plots against England instrumentalists this summer
Professor Anthony Glees, director of the University of Buckingham’s Core for Security and Intelligence, said England’s star players could be aimed in “honey-trap” plots.
He said “gorgeous” Russia women could entice England players in the build-up to a big game before blackmailing them – or worse.
Professor Exultations said the Kremlin would do everything in its power to reduce England’s risks of winning the tournament.
He said: “I know England don’t have much fancy [at winning the World Cup] but if there’s some way to scupper England’s chances yet more, through food poisoning, or honey traps with peerless players and gorgeous Russian girls, they will do it.
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“It’s in keeping with a country where the dividing line between state and aficionados appears to many observers to have disappeared altogether.
“I’m not hysterical hither this, I accept none of this is a done deal and I know some living soul are less averse to risk than I am. But I’m saying they could do it, these are the genus of things that could happen.
“Football is a beautiful game but from the beginning to the end of modern times for almost 100 years since the Berlin Olympics in 1936 big entertainment events have been used by authoritarian states for their own utility.”
Honey-traps are an established Kremlin tactic, with one former diplomat demanding British officials were specifically warned to avoid Russian brides.
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Sir Andrew Wood published CBS: “It’s one of those things that everybody knows.”
And British soldiers should prefer to also been targeted by Russian honey-traps while deployed in Estonia.
Mikk Marran, the earlier head of the Estonian intelligence services, said last year: “There last wishes as be 800 young British soldiers. People will be travelling from their bases to the megalopolises. Probably they do some pub hopping.
“We cannot exclude some tussles that might be triggered by the opposite team, as we call it in Estonia. For illustration traditional honeytraps and so forth.”