England still trying to justify 2018 failure, claims Fifa chief Blatter

Fifa president Sepp Blatter believes England are still trying to justify their failure to win the right to host the 2018 World Cup

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Blatter was re-elected unopposed as Fifa president in June Photo: The Sport Review

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Fifa president Sepp Blatter has accused England of continuing to try to “justify” their failure to win the right to host the 2018 World Cup.

England’s 2018 bid was spectacularly shunned by Fifa’s executive committee last December, receiving only two votes as Russia was selected to host the tournament.

And Blatter claims England believed the 2018 World Cup was “theirs by right” following support of their bid by the likes of David Beckham, Prince William and Prime Minister David Cameron.

“In the 60s and 70s, the great sporting federations were in the main British. It’s no longer the case,” Blatter is quoted as saying in Swiss newspaper Matin Dimanche.

“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.

“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.”

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