FA to probe Blatter’s 2018 World Cup claims

fifa-logo-2018Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said on Wednesday his organisation would investigate suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s claim a deal was agreed to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia.

Blatter told Russian news agency TASS there was an agreement to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to the United States, only for UEFA president Michel Platini to back Qatar’s successful 2022 bid.

England submitted a bid for the 2018 tournament, but was eliminated in the first round of voting after receiving only two votes from FIFA’s executive committee.

“We will look into detail at what Mr Blatter says,” Dyke told the British parliament’s culture, media and sport committee in London.

“I suspect the response (from Blatter) will be, ‘I was misquoted.’ If he says that then I think there is something to investigate.

“There’s nothing Mr Blatter says that surprises me much. If he is saying, ‘We wanted Russia’ and it looks like he wanted that fixed before the vote, it’s suggesting that it was all fixed anyway.”

The FA spent around £21 million ($32.2 million, 29.1 million euros) on England’s failed 2018 bid, including £2.5 million of public money, and Dyke said it would be “very nice” to get the money back.

“We will obviously go back and look at it,” he said. “I think it would be a good idea. But get the bid costs back from whom? From FIFA? I agree it would be very nice to get taxpayers’ money back.”

Dyke also said that there were no plans in place for England to step in and host the World Cup in either 2018 or 2022 should the tournaments be stripped from Russia or Qatar for any reason.

Blatter and Platini are serving bans from all football-related activity over a $2 million payment the Frenchman received from Blatter on behalf of FIFA in 2011, purportedly for consultancy work carried out years earlier.

But Platini remains a candidate to succeed Blatter in February’s presidential election, along with Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Musa Bility, Jerome Champagne, Gianni Infantino, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa and Tokyo Sexwale.

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  • Ojiyovwi

    Yes, the holier-than-thou English FA has got the proverbial bone in the president of FIFA and now would want to create a new organisation to rival FIFA, an organisation hated in the main for it’s ability to make football tournaments truly international. FIFA is the only true organisation that is global in participation and inclusive irrespective of your national delusions of grandeur. During the English FA’s bid to host a world cup, the wheeled out their princes, football icons etc. They make sure they exert all the influences they can muster upon the voters just as they would in internal elections. Let’s say that they succeeded In winning the hosting. Then those who could not find any worthwhile influential personalities will look on with envy at the ease with which the slave master is able circumvent even more for its bloated self-importance.

  • Ojiyovwi

    For once the offsprings of the slaves have found other means of achieving what the slave master did in 1966 when the rest of the world was still under its massive thumb. I’ve news for you al in the English FA. You are now a small country with only a very big mouth to shout and make the most of you waning assets. Others have new and more relevant methods and no one will follow you into football oblivion with your overrated mediocre players whom you successfully elevate to global dominance – no names needed and none given. FIFA will prevail to your ultimate embarrassment. No organisation is corruption free – just look at the FA in England and how expensive it is to watch even the poorest football match in the UK as compared with the Bundasliga. The English FA should seek to put the house of the FA in order before franticly trying to point at the speck in the fantastic FIFA. These hypocrites were the same people who for year sustain apartheid an the racist regime if Ian Smyth in Rhodesia. What cheek! So you failed in your effort to cheat your way to host the world cup and now you want all to pay for it? Well then, give back all the revenue you syphoned from Africa, Carribean etc, then we can look at your failed bids. It is interesting that it seems only the English FA in the UK is vociferously throwing tantrum over this FIFA issue. Is it the Welsh, Irish and Scottish FAs have knowledge of the festering backside of the persecution?

  • Ojiyovwi

    The English FA chairman, to use his real title, should try and do his job for once – reform of the English FA that is rotten to the core, where mediocre players can earn a fortune for one moment’s stroke of luck and live on that for the rest of their careers whilst families are priced out of their football clubs. The FIFA affair is a convenient distraction and the English FA is out to make the most of this for what it can get in the hope that the English can bully others with only the weapon of a loud mouth and fine words into another organisation, which one thinks they already had in UEFA. I smell envy of FIFA by UEFA. I leave that to your better discernment.