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English media angry at Fifa World Cup voting ‘fix’

English media angry at Fifa World Cup voting ‘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.

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.”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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