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Fifa's Warner blames UK media for failed World Cup bid


Valcke defends Fifa voting system

Fifa vice-president Jack Warner has blamed the UK media for England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

A Sunday Times investigation into corruption at Fifa was followed by the BBC's Panorama programme, broadcast three days before the 2 December vote.

The documentary alleged three Fifa executive committee members took bribes in the 1990s.

"Fifa could not have voted for England having been insulted by their media in the worst possible way," said Warner.

"To do so would have been the ultimate insult to Fifa."

Before the World Cup vote last Thursday England's 2018 bid team labelled the Panorama programme as an "embarrassment".

And a number of members of world football's governing body - including Cyprus' Marios Lefkaritis, Japan's Junji Ogura and now Warner - have insisted that securing only two of the 22 Fifa members' votes may have been part of a media backlash.

Warner's support was key to England's hopes. In his role as president of the Concacaf confederation of Caribbean, North and Central American countries he controlled three votes.

The Trinidadian was thought to be among as many as six of the 22 members who had promised England's bid they would vote in their favour.

Chuck Blazer, a Fifa executive committee member from the United States, was thought to be one of the six who would vote for England, but insists he has not let anyone down by voting for winners Russia.

"I've been very clear to anyone who was involved in the bidding and had impression on how I was leaning. I never made a promise to anyone how I was going to vote. I certainly never disappointed anyone," Blazer said.

"I voted for Russia and the United States and I did so for what I believed were good and sufficient reasons."

England were humiliatingly eliminated in the first round in Zurich with Russia triumphing with an absolute majority of 13 votes in the second ballot.

Arshavin understands 2018 backlash

Since then chief executive of England's failed bid, Andy Anson, has called for the world's major football associations to force Fifa into reform, while Football Association acting chief executive Roger Burden has withdrawn his application for the permanent post saying he could no longer trust members of Fifa.

The World Cup bid cost England £15m. But public relations expert Mike Lee, who was behind Qatar's successful bid to host the 2022 finals, has criticised the quality of the England campaign.

"This England bid campaign was not Premier League, it was relegation and League One," said Lee, who has previously worked on the successful bids of London and Rio to stage the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

"I'm not sure it is healthy to blame everyone else, and not reflect on the campaign itself."

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