World Cup 2018: Corruption and Bribes Lead to England's Defeat

Daniel GoochAnalyst IMay 11, 2011

Sepp Blater was said to be stunned by the revelations. However, I think he doesn't like England ...
Sepp Blater was said to be stunned by the revelations. However, I think he doesn't like England ...

England had a great chance of hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup, until the corruption at the top of football ended their dream of bring football back home.

Four FIFA chiefs, who where voting for the country that hosts the great tournament, wanted gifts in return of them voting for England.

These bribes went from cash, to TV rights, all the way to a knighthood.

The men at the top of FIFA today are said to be "extremely concerned" about the allegations and are asking the FA to give a full report of what happened.

FIFA's statement: "In his letter to the FA, the FIFA secretary general—Jerome Valcke—expresses the extreme concern of FIFA and the FIFA President at the latest allegations questioning the integrity of some FIFA Executive Committee members in connection with the bidding procedure for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups."

The bribes started from the top with FIFA vice president Jack Warner who asked for £2.5 million to build a sports school in Trinidad. He also wanted £500,000 to buy Haiti's World Cup TV rights.

Paraguay's FIFA member, Mr Nicolas Leoz, openly asked the England Back the Bid team for a knighthood.

Fellow South American, Ricardo Terra Teixeira the Brazilian representative, asked them, "What you have got for me?"

With backing from PM David Cameron, HRH Prince William, Lord Seb Coe and the football legends David Beckham, Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer, it is amazing how the England team only received two votes.

It makes you think that highly paid individuals also asked other countries like Russia the same questions but got a more positive answer.

In a world wide sport where they are meant to be spreading "Fair Play," it is wrong that the officials at the top are corrupt.

If FIFA want to do the right thing, they should get new country representatives and redo the vote. Then it will be Fair Play.