England were favorites to win World Cup hosting duties for the 2018 tournament, only to lose out to Russia. It bid again for the 2022 World Cup and saw that one go to Qatar. Apparently the English Football Association has seen enough and won’t be bidding on future World Cups.
According to a report by the Daily Mail in the U.K., the English FA is fed up with the corruption and bribery that has allegedly taken place by both the winning bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
English FA chairman Greg Dyke made his associations stance pretty clear and pretty plain on Tuesday, speaking to the Culture Media and Sport (CMS) select committee in the U.K.
“We’ve already taken the decision that we will not bid for FIFA tournaments – our decision is we will concentrate in the years ahead on bidding for UEFA tournaments. We wouldn’t win (a future World Cup bid),” Dyke said, via the Daily Mail.
To that end, the country is putting a bid together to host the 2020 European Championships, with Wembley to host the semifinals and final.
What sparked the end of England’s want to host its first World Cup since 1966? It appears that it’s FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who’s expected to run for a fifth term as president in 2015.
Dyke and others appear resigned to the fact that Blatter will win a fifth term, but support for the FIFA president is not likely to come from Europe.
“Quite a lot of the European FAs made it very clear they didn’t support him but I’m afraid from the rest of the world there’s overwhelming support”, said Dyke. “If he runs again he’ll win but I think it’s unlikely we at the FA would vote for him.”
Blatter is under pressure thanks to allegations of bribery by the host committees for both the Russian bid in 2018 and the Qatari bid in 2022, the latter of which is currently under investigation within the organization and from the outside world.
Could further statements like this from other national committees help put pressure on Blatter to not seek a fifth term? Considering the public scrutiny, pressure from inside may be exactly what is needed to stop him from running again.