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Another Threatening ISIS Poster For 2018 FIFA World Cup, Messi Cries Tears Of Blood

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| October 25 , 2017 , 17:34 IST

Football fans might be eagerly waiting for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but terror threats also loom over the world tournament which is to take place in Russia in June.

A chilling poster surfaced on Tuesday, which depicted a jailed Argentina captain Lionel Messi crying blood, with a caption 'Just Terrorism', mimicking the Nike tagline 'Just Do It'. Below the image of Messi crying blood behind bars, the message was given "You are fighting a state that does not have failure in its dictionary".

The chilling poster was found in the public forum by the think tank SITE Intelligence Group hours after the Best FIFA Awards Gala in London.

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In the past, other pro-ISIS organisations have published different posters threatening terrorist activities at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, with menacing phrases such as “We are the one who chooses the battlefield,” and, “I swear that the mujahideen’s fire will burn you, just you wait.”

Apart from the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the ISIS has a history of threatening other football tournaments such as the 2016 Euros in France and the 2017 Women’s European Championships, but no terrorist activities took place at either.

Meanwhile, Russia has assured the public and football fans that it is prepared to keep the FIFA World Cup safe from terrorism.

The head of the Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee said preparations were “already underway” to ensure a safe World Cup.

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“We have taken into account the huge experience, accumulated by the National Anti-Terrorism Committee and the security organizations involved in providing security for the Sochi Olympic Games, the Kazan Universiade and other huge events,” Igor Kulyagin told Russian news agency TASS.

“Of course, special attention will be paid to providing anti-terrorism safeguards of the infrastructure that will be used for hosting the competition, such as the teams’ stadiums, accommodation units, and training facilities,” he added.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to take place across 12 venues in 11 cities of Russia from between June 14, 2018, and July 15, 2018.