>England’s World Cup bid falls to Russia 2018, and Qatar get 2022…nothing dodgy about that.

>In the last few minutes it has been announced that Russia have beaten England to the right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. They will be followed by Qatar in 2022, who will be playing in their first ever World Cup Finals. Luckily the result doesn’t stink at all…

Clearly, after development World Cups in 2010 (South Africa) and 2014 (Brazil), the 2018 tournament should have gone to an established footballing power. It would have been quite legitimate for Spain/Portugal to have claimed victory, like England they could host the tournament next month if required. However that England were knocked out in the first round shows once again that FIFA makes political decisions, not decisions for the good of football.

Of course the English bid wasn’t helped by the resignation of Chairman Lord Triesman after he accused opponents of bribery, or by the pathetically timed Panorama programme on Monday. However, the technical bid was as good as any, and the performance of the three lions of Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince William, and David Beckham should have had the ‘wow’ factor to seal the deal.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter should take a long, hard look at himself and the corrupt organisation he runs, but of course that will never happen.

England can now not bid again for the World Cup until 2030, having not hosted the tournament since 1966.

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