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English media angry at Fifa World Cup voting 'fix'


The English media has reacted with anger after Fifa chose to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia, branding the voting process a 'fix'.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter called England's bid "excellent and remarkable", yet it was dumped out of the running in the first round after it attracted just two of the 22 votes on offer.

England's Fifa delegate Geoff Thompson was one, the other was believed to be Issa Hayatou from Cameroon, one of those named in an investigation into corruption within football's world governing body by the BBC's Panorama programme.

The Daily Mirror's front page headline is 'SOLD' as they ask how oil-rich Russia and Qatar could possibly have persuaded Fifa to give them the World Cup.

The Sun go with 'FIXED' while the Daily Star shouts 'WHAT A FIX'; the Daily Mail claims 'THEY LIED' and the Daily Express simply says 'HUMILIATED'.

The Times is slightly more reserved with 'End of the world for England', The Independent claim 'England fear foul play after World Cup humiliation' and the Guardian says 'Russia ends England's dream of hosting 2018 World Cup', while the Daily Telegraph believes it is a DISASTER handing the tournament to Russia and a DISGRACE that 2022 will be in Qatar.

England have only one friend in the world and he is Cameroon's Hayatou, the lone delegate to vote for their bid despite Panorama's allegations on Monday.
Full story: Daily Mirror

All the people who criticised the British media for exposing corruption within Fifa should hang their heads in shame.
Full story: Daily Mirror

The Independent's take on the World Cup announcement
The Independent's take on the World Cup announcement

England were left fearing a fix after it emerged they had been told Russia would win the right to stage the World Cup in 2018 some 24 hours before the official announcement.
Full story: Daily Express

Andy Anson, the chief executive of England's 2018 World Cup bid has accused Fifa voters of lying over who they would vote for and has called the money spent on the technical report as "£3m down the drain" after the "two bids with the worst technical reports [Russia and Qatar] won".
Full story: The Independent

"They stink, it's all over" and "Fifa bungs Russia the World Cup" is the Sun's take on Thursday's announcement. The bidding process has been branded a fix, with Russian bid chief Alexey Sorokin telling the England team on Wednesday his country had enough votes in the bag.
Full story: the Sun

Former England manager Terry Venables has called the World Cup vote a "complete and utter sham".
Full story: the Sun

The Sun
The Sun's front page on Friday morning

"They smiled, shook hands and promised to vote for England... they lied," says the Daily Mail, who call Fifa's voting system as "the great Zurich stitch-up".
Full story: Daily Mail

Fifa executive committee members have confirmed that the lingering backlash against the British media following explosive corruption allegations counted against England and contributed to the bid team's humiliating defeat in the race to host the 2018 World Cup.
Full story: the Guardian

And the Times claimed: "The system of World Cup elections is abysmally corrupt. It is too small, making it easily manipulated, and it is too secret, protecting it from scrutiny."

Meanwhile, England players Rio Ferdinand and Jack Wilshere have declared on Twitter they won't be following Fifa president Sepp Blatter on the social networking site. So there.


Being awarded the 2018 World Cup has met with a mixed reaction by Russia's media.


Kommersant (a liberal daily newspaper) says it will be a stimulus for modernising football facilities in a culture characterised by toleration of match fixing.

Business daily Vedomosti reports that finance minister Aleksey Kudrin has promised that the cost will not exceed that of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, however, Vedomosti estimates it will cost twice as much and come in at more than $50bn (£32bn).

Left-leaning daily Trud claims Fifa has been attracted by Russia's developing market as it would be more difficult for its commercial partners to earn money elsewhere in Europe.

"We are the masters of the field!" blared the front-page headline in sports daily Sovietsky Sport , while Russian tabloid Tvio Den said: "We never doubted our victory".

Spanish paper El Pais suggests that the Spain/Portugal joint bid was not helped by Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar greeting the Prime Minister of Spain in his presentation and forgetting the "and Portugal".

El Mundo ran the headline: "The power of gas and oil."

Dutch daily AD wrote: "With Russia and Qatar Fifa has chosen its guarantees in gold and oil," suggesting that Fifa's Zurich headquarters would be "swimming in banknotes".

The United States media reacted with shock after Qatar was named as 2022 hosts ahead of its bid.

The Seattle Times wrote "Qatar? Really?", while the Wall Street Journal said Fifa's secret vote came amid allegations of kickbacks, bribes and collusion," adding: "Safe to say that ambitions to popularise the 'beautiful game' in the US aren't helped by the spectacle."

Time Magazine said that the results reflected "geopolitical trends."

Independent Arab nationalist paper Al-Quds Al-Arabi hit back at Barack Obama after the United States president criticised Fifa for choosing Qatar over his country as 2022 hosts.

"For him [Obama] to condemn the executive council of Fifa for giving Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup and describing it as wrong is shocking, because the selection process was done in a democratic and free voting based on facts and convincing components," it stated.

But Japanese business daily Nikkei claimed their country's bid had been scuppered by money.

"Qatar, which has never qualified for the World Cup finals, had a weapon in its abundant financial resources based on oil money," it said.

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see also
Anson leads calls for Fifa reform
03 Dec 10 |  Football
England bid boss fumes at voting
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England miss out in 2018 Cup vote
02 Dec 10 |  Football
Russia & Qatar to host World Cups
02 Dec 10 |  Football
World Cup decision day as it happened
02 Dec 10 |  Football
The race to host the World Cup
30 Nov 10 |  Football

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