This is doomed to be a very short thread, since it may be some time before we can bid to host another World Cup. Apologies if someone else has picked up on it but I couldn't see any other obvious threads for it.Wills sick as a royal parrot: England loses bid to host World Cup to 'mafia state' Russia (and Putin didn't even bother to turn up)
There's a great dig at the BBC and the Sunday Times:
The recriminations over England's bid - which was overshadowed by the scandal over chairman Lord Triesman's resignation and media investigations into FIFA chiefs - will now begin.
It looked to have suffered from a backlash against corruption investigations into FIFA members by BBC Panorama and the Sunday Times over the last two months.
Rather surprisingly, there's no mention of the source of the Lord Triesman scandal anywhere to be found!
The reader comments are predictable too- those dullards complaining about the cost of it all and those who never have a nice word to say about anything!
I`m so glad England didn`t win.. I`d be embarassed to let thousands of visitors see what a tip this country really is.
- Tyler, Rochdale, England, 2/12/2010 16:10
The best country won. Would have been a shambles here, we can't even clear snow.
- Fred, France, 2/12/2010 16:11
Since when was France bidding to host this tournament?
Also no doubt how this country handles anything but ideal weather and the state of our third world country transport system and the high costs of doing anything in the UK, must have played a part.
- Graham, Southend, UK, 2/12/2010 16:11
- James, Puerto del Rosario ,Canary Islands, 2/12/2010 16:15
Does this mean that James is pleased that Spain also lost out in the vote?
Good. We have chucked enough money at sporting events already.
We have even seen if the olympics wil return a fraction of the money spent to date but already we have politicians prepared to chuck some more tax payers money down the drain hole in the belief this, like the Dome and 2012 will engender some feel good factor about Britain.
Chuck the money at the OAPS, the unemployed youth or clean or our discusting town centres!
- Mick Reilly, Doncaster England, 2/12/2010 16:41
Thank goodness for that - no tax payers money will now be wasted on holding this mindless twaddle.
- The Campaign For Football Free World., UK
Too late..... how many millions (and it will have been millions) has already been wasted out of taxpayers money for this????????????
- terry, plymouth, 2/12/2010 16:41
Football is the opium of the masses. The players grow fat on inflated wages, just like the drug barons. Pity the people who pay good money to watch 22 overpaid thickos kick a bag of wind about. Can we cancel the 2012 Olympics as well?
- Trevor Denna, Worcester UK, 2/12/2010 16:42
I want to know who picked up the tab for all those that went to lobby FIFA:- Beckham, Boris, Cameron, Prince William, the security guards.
I lay you odds they did not pay a penny.
You and I paid for it, and I hate football!!!!
- Robert Mulligan, Harlow, UK, 2/12/2010 16:43
Why would they take the World Cup to a toilet like England
- zane, London, 2/12/2010 18:41
If you hate this place so much why not do something about it- or leave?
It's completely full of classic opinions that you've come to expect from the readers of our favourite tabloid newspaper. Mine it at will!