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“The World Cup was theirs by right. When they came here with Beckham, Prince William and Prime Minister Cameron, they were certain of winning. They got two votes. Since then, they have looked for every means to justify their defeat.”
Beleaguered FIFA boss, Joseph Blatter, launches a tirade at the English Football Association for their opposition to his continued presence at the helm of international soccer.
England lost out to Russia in its bid for the 2018 World Cup.
The 75-year-old is fighting corruption charges and was recently in the center of a racism row with his seemingly flippant remark that on-field incidents could be settled with a handshake.
Transparency International dealt another blow to FIFA’s pretensions of corruption reform severing ties with the soccer body for ignoring two of its recommendations.
Mark Pieth, a Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Basel who was asked to oversee reforms, disclosed that he would be accepting payment from FIFA. Additionally, he would not be investigating old scandals.
In an interview to Matin Dimanche, a French Swiss daily, Blatter denounced the English body claiming that they are more interested in hosting the World Cup than the Olympics.
Blatter said (via Goal.com):
"In the '60s and '70s, the great sporting federations were in the main British. It’s no longer the case. The English have lost power and, most recently, the 2018 World Cup. They were very keen, more than for the Olympics. They thought that football should have come home."
What he really meant:
“The English are sore losers—according to me.”
What he definitely didn’t:
“Why don’t HRH The Duke Of Cambridge and I settle our differences with (what else) a handshake?”
Read Blatter’s original interview here.