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 Spain and Portugal criticise the decision to hold 2018 World Cup in Russia

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PostSubject: Spain and Portugal criticise the decision to hold 2018 World Cup in Russia   Fri Dec 03, 2010 8:37 pm

The England bid obtained only two of the 21 votes possible

The Spanish and Portuguese bid team has criticised the FIFA decision to hold the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Russia won in the second round of voting, but the win had already been made public to the Russian media ahead of the announcement by FIFA Chairman Joseph Blatter.

The same thing happened with the 2022 decision which was also decided in Zurich today, with Al Jazeera in winning country Qatar again beating the official announcement. It’s led more than one observer to think the votes were already controlled well in advance.

England’s slick last presentation counted for nothing as the country obtained just two of the 21 possible votes. The Belgian/Dutch bid obtained four, Spain and Portugal seven, and Russia nine. In the second round the two England votes went to Russia as did two from the Belgian/Dutch bid.

In fact when you consider the ‘two’ votes for England, one would presumably have been from the English delegate, so the bid in effect earned only one vote.

Director of the Iberia bid, Miguel Ángel López, commented ‘having stadia built counts for nothing, neither the technical valuations from FIFA, and in Russia they still have to build 13 of the 17 stadia promised. The distance between the bases is also one of the inconveniencies which were underlined by the Evaluation Commission’.

Gilberto Madail, from the Portuguese part of the Iberia bid said he had seen ‘strange things’ before the voting, one of which was the surprise arrival of Ramon Abromovich.

It’s believed that Blatter wanted Russia, but did not want Qatar, given the logistical problems of a country possibly dealing with more visitors than it has residents, and with the temperatures of the summer.

England’s disastrous performance is being seen in the Spanish media as punishment for the revelations in the BBC Panorama programme and elsewhere with allegations of corruption in the FIFA Executive Committee. As one commentator in Spain said, FIFA has to understand now being honourable is not enough, you have to appear so.

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