Is something really wrong with FIFA, or is it just us English being a little upset that we didn't win the bid?
Far be it from me to lash out in sour grapes, but I think it's clear to many right now that something is very wrong at the heart of FIFA. It's not the fact that we didn't win the World Cup bid that riles me, I could have accepted coming second, but to finish with just one vote other than our own is insulting. And Qatar, rated as 'high risk' by FIFA, winning the 2022 bid shows that something really is wrong with the selection process.
Let's look at the facts from the bidding process (an idea which apparently evaded those 22 men with the votes):
- England was rated a 'safe' host, with eventual winners Russia rated as 'Medium risk'.
- We are widely acknowledged to have the best technical bid of the 2018 candidates, all our infrastructure is already in place.
- We had the best commercial bid of all, no-one else could have provided FIFA with as much cash that they so desperately crave.
- Our presentation was amongst the best, with us sending our most senior people, unlike other competitors.