Imo the whole voting process is a sham - 24 members of the FIFA committee casting secret ballots (in this case it was actually 22 members as 2 of them were barred due to being investigated on corruption charges! Says it all really!).
There's reports saying that the BBC and Sunday Telegraph reporting of FIFA corruption didn't help the England bid - even worries that the ugly crowd trouble between Villa and Blues on the eve of the vote may have caused damage - I don't really buy this as I believe the decision was probably already made long before.
And today it's reported that a number of councils across England between them forked out 2.1 million of council tax money to promote themselves in light of winning the bid.
I love football and I love to see my team doing well - but it's sickening how much the game is dominated by money and corruption.
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