Boo! England lose the race to host the World Cup. Let’s get Panorama to run another investigation into FIFA!
England missed out on the right to host the 2018 World Cup after football’s governing body Fifa picked Russia to stage the event for the first time.
Russia saw off rival bids from England, Spain-Portugal and Netherlands-Belgium to win a secret ballot of Fifa’s 22 executive members in Zurich.
England hoped Prince William, David Cameron and David Beckham would give them an advantage but the bid failed.
Meanwhile, Qatar was chosen to host the 2022 World Cup.
Despite a bid described as “excellent and remarkable” by Fifa president Sepp Blatter following Thursday’s final presentations, the executive committee rejected sending the 2018 tournament to England for the first time since 1966. (BBC Sport)
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