‘We Were Lied To, The Two Worst Bids Won’ – England 2018 Chief Andy Anson

Chris Wright

3rd, December 2010


By Chris Wright

The fall-out from FIFA’s decision to chase the World Cup Gaz-ruble/Petro-dollar has begun in earnest this morning, with the English media reacting with a flurry of archetypal thinly-veiled racism, obnoxious pontification and weapon’s grade blame dispersal.

The most surprising aspect of the initial recriminations is that England’s bid leaders seem genuinely surprised that the elderly, corruption-riddled glad-hands that make up FIFA’s ExCo obviously chose to renege on their gummy promises to get behind the English cause.

Just for the record, England were eliminated after the first round of voting, securing just two votes whilst Holland/Belgium accrued four, Spain/Portugal seven and eventual winners Russia nabbed nine.

Bid chief executive Andy Anson is claiming that FIFA members lied about their votes and that the £3 million spent on England’s glowing technical report (plus a further £12 million to fund the bid itself) was now just money ‘down the drain’:

“David Dein, myself, David Cameron, David Beckham and Prince William were looking people in the eye and asking them for their vote and being told ‘yeah’. I am not sure what else you could do.

“I am not going to name names because that is not fair on individuals but clearly some people have. We thought we had more than six votes, perhaps seven or eight.

“The technical report is £3million down the drain by the looks of it. We spent £3million on it and it was the best one. The two bids with the worst technical reports won.”

In other news, water is still wet, fire is still burny-burny-hot-hot and Sepp Blatter still shares 90% of his DNA make-up with a particularly claggy dumpling.

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  1. duperman dat doe says:

    why cant they accept the fact that the world hates these english snobs.

  2. Ollie Irish says:

    USA, Australia and England – three of the best bids, just five votes between them. So says Anson.

  3. Lunga says:

    A conspiracy against the English speaking world?

  4. Nobody likes us, it is the Eurovision Song Contest all over again!

  5. spectator says:

    i’m australian and our bid (at least the movie) was incredibly embarrassing. australia prides itself on being able to laugh at itself, but only because we’re so culturally backwards we’ve never done anything worth taking seriously. which is why paul hogan was in there, and exists in the first place. while money and shameless flattery may have been the deciding factor, there are other good reasons why we shouldn’t host the world cup, so i’m not that upset (except at my country, for being rubbish).

  6. shay says:

    I don’t think it’s really prejudice or even corruption. It’s a misguided attempt by FIFA current governing body to make history. They know that people around the world will watch on TV no matter where it’s held, so they still get all the TV rights cash. And oh how they love cash. They don’t care if fans get to, or want to travel to the acutal matches. They don’t care if the countries they choose violate human rights. It also proves they don’t care about the fans or football.

  7. Shane says:

    I don’t get it. How can Andy Anson be complaining that the Fifa members that they campaigned & colluded with for their votes didn’t stick to their word and vote for England? Surely that means that England are as bad as Russia by trying to influence members votes, but that the Russians were just slightly better at corruption than England?

  8. MANDERSON says:

    Sepp Blatter is as bent as a hat pin and he’s an arrogant idiot to.
    Blatter in 2004: [women should] “wear tighter shorts and low cut shirts….to create a more female aesthetic” [and attract more male fans]

  9. The real deal says:

    Boo Hoo get over it. Build a bridge and get over it.

    You lost the bid for a good reason and thats it.

  10. Montesquieu says:

    “Bid chief executive Andy Anson is claiming that FIFA members lied about their votes and that the £3 million spent on England’s glowing technical report (plus a further £12 million to fund the bid itself) was now just money ‘down the drain’:”

    No shit Anson.

    Money better spent at developing the future fat little shits of England into footballers instead of some moron to produce a presentation to make England’s weather look like Spain.

    The FA may blame FIFA, but they’re all the same bunch of idiots.

  11. Tom Jones says:

    Someone is being a poor loser. I suggest that Andy Anson shuts the fuck up from now on.

  12. Seanie-O says:

    As dissapointed as I was that we didn’t win, what was Anson expecting from FIFA’s greedy officials? They’re all notoriously corrupt and unless you are willing to line their pockets, you’re not going to get their votes.

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