After last weeks ‘fair and transparent voting for the hosting of the 2018 and 2022 world cups’, I thought it was only fair that I aired one of the greatest moments in FIFA’s recent shameful history on my blog.
Just to clarify my position. I’m not pissed off with the fact that Russia were awarded the 2018 world cup, I’m not a little Englander who thinks we should have got the world cup as ours was (apparently) the best bid.
Russia deserved the 2018 world cup, they were due their turn and they’ve rightly got it.
What I’m pissed off about is the way the vote was fixed to eliminate England in the 1st round, how could we really have come last in that process? I’m also disgusted at the way Australia were treated (not their bowlers though) in the bidding for the 2022 world cup. The whole process stank and should never be allowed to happen again.
Interesting line in today’s Sunday Times, I see they are claiming that certain FIFA executive members sold their votes for $1.5 Million. Never!
The fall out from England’s failed world cup bid is already in full flow and fingers are already being pointed in all kinds of directions with FIFA, the FA, Panorama and even Vlaiamir Putin all coming in for stick.
One thing I do believe though, is that never again should we be putting people like our future King (and I’m not a Royalist), our PM (or a massive fan of Cameron) and footballing icons like David Beckham, Bobby Charlton, etc, in the embarrassing position of having to pander to a bunch of shady characters like this lot.
How humiliating must it have been for Prince Willaim and David Beckham to have to sit through the results knowing that practically no one within FIFA took an ounce of notice of them. The FIFA executives just lapped up their attention and then laughed in their faces.
Quite where it went wrong, who knows. Did Putin not turn up ahead of the vote because he already knew the result and that he didn’t need too? Did FIFA want to teach the English a lesson? Or was it simply that FIFA wanted to take football to new corners of the globe?
Some people are blaming the BBC and their Panorama programme, I don’t buy that one myself. I also believe that all these people claiming that the BBC should have waited til a couple of days after the vote before screening the programme are deluded.
Did the FIFA executives not notice Andrew Jennings jumping out of bushes asking them questions over the last 18 months? FIFA knew that the programme had been made, so what difference did it make when it was shown? None in my view.
Congratulations to Russia, I do believe that they are worthy winners for 2018, I really haven’t got a problem with that. What I do have a problem with is the manner in which the voting was carried out and a massive problem with the hosting of the 2022 competition in Qatar.
Apparently England only got 2 votes in the first ballot, with one of them coming from Geoff Thompson. Holland and Belgium got 4, nothing out of the ordinary there. What happened next was strange though, the Holland and Belgium bid only picked up 2 votes in the second ballot.
Why? It seems very strange that they lost 2 votes after the first round of voting. It is something which doesn’t seem to have been picked up by the mass ranks of the media, but it smells of an England stitch up to me.
Common sense tells you that a bidding nation(s) should gain votes going through the process, as one nation drops out, their votes would be spread around the remaining bidders.
That is unless you have already decided to conduct the vote to deliberately eliminate a bidding nation at the first hurdle.
If FIFA had already decided that they wanted to take the world cup to new horizons in Russia and Qatar, then they could have done us all a favour and told us about it a few years earlier, preferably before we started the bidding process.
Another theory doing the rounds that could have some credence, is the fact that two oil and gas rich nations with bottomless bits of money to throw at their respective campaigns have won.
But why wouldn’t two clean countries with all that money win a clean FIFA vote fair and square?
The Qatar one in particular is laughable. They were probably the worst bid of the 2 world cups and yet won the most easily. It totally stinks and I notice Barack Obama hasn’t been slow in letting it be known, at least he had the sense not to bother to turn up.
I hope this dosen’t come across as sour grapes, as it certainly isn’t. But while this current FIFA regime is still in place I don’t believe that England should even consider bidding to host any future world cup. Just what would be the point?