The big guns were out in force last week, with Prince William, David Cameron and David Beckham all in Zurich to help give England’s 2018 bid one final push, with the bookmakers making them strong favourites to claim enough FIFA votes to host the World Cup for a second time.
As it turned out, England weren’t remotely close to winning the bid and finished last behind Russia, Spain / Portugal and Holland / Belgium, something which caused outrage among the British media, which incidentally had been blamed as the reason why the bid was lost in the first place.
FIFA have been heavily criticised on these shores but the secret way that the votes are conducted, while there are the allegations of corruption among FIFA officials which refuse to go away. However, Sepp Blatter claims that England are coming across as bad losers.
“I was surprised by all the English complaining after the defeat. England, of all people, the motherland of fair play ideas,” Blatter said.
“Now some of them are showing themselves to be bad losers.”
Blatter told Swiss magazine Weltwoche: “You can’t come afterwards and say so and so promised to vote for England. The results are known. The outcome came out clearly.”
It is still high time that FIFA was reformed and that bidding countries understood the criteria required to host a World Cup.