The 2018 World Cup has been awarded to Russia. Rival bids from Spain/Portugal, England, and the Netherlands/Belgium were rejected in favour of bringing football home to the world's largest country. Disappointed crowds would be thronging Piccadilly Square and Trafalgar Square if it were not for snow-related transport disruption …
Thiefa, Mafia & Cattarh?
Blatter wouldn't know a ball that crossed the goalline if it was one of his own.
I'm personally offended.
I was really looking forwards to thousands of drunken scum flooding the tube on the way home for a month.
I think it's a clear sign of corruption that this isn't going to happen.
Media slams FIFA for the corrupt organisation they are... FIFA respond by giving the WC to one of the more corrupt nations in the world...
...if you want to win the prize, learn to control your media. All freedoms come at a price. The English seem to often forget this.
God save the fish + chips!
I'd say there actually isn't anything more British than complaining.
I mean while everyone else was sucking up to FIFA we were slagging them off and airing programs about them being corrupt.
Who else has the balls to do that than us?
You should be able to feel a great sense of pride in that we can tell it as it really is, even in the face of this.
Mines the one with the England flag in the pocket...
All freedoms come at a price
>...if you want to win the prize, learn to control your media. All freedoms come
>at a price. The English seem to often forget this.
No, the English are happy to pay the price, the Russians aren't and so get the government they deserve - and a world cup of course.
different interpretation on that lesson...
If you ignore wrong doing and bury your head in the sand then those doing wrong will happily carry on. If you stand up for fairness or justice then you had better learn there is a cost to that, one that was always very much worth paying, still is, and will ever remain so.
Cue slating the Beeb
People are gonna be wanting someone to blame for this, and the BBC has painted a massive great bullseye on its chest. Given David Cameron's close association with the failed bid, he's certainly going to be looking for a whipping boy, and - oh look! - there one is.
Now might be a good time to get down the bookies and put something on the licence fee going away during this parliament...
Get rid of TV licence
Id' vote for any party that promised to abolish the TV license and make the BBC a commercial entity. Even if that party raised taxes and came out of the EU. The TV licence has to go and BBC has to become commercial.
The fucking BBC have got a lot to answer for, they should be awarded a MEDAL for saving us from wasting more of our money on a bunch of overpaid Neanderthals kicking a sack of gas around a field.
Blaming the BBC?
So what's been our excuse for the last 50 years?
How about people don't like us, becuase we're a bunch a smug, self satisfied, country invading, arrogant tossers who keep saying football's coming home, which pisses off every other nation (especially those that soundly beat us year in, year out at football.)
Still we can still bang on about 19fucking66 for another 50 years.
We're shit, people don't like us. Get over it.
Is that you, rupe?
For once worth the licence fee this year
Hosting the fiasco would have cost us all far more....
This time I really am absolutely pleased with the BBC. Time it investigated things, looked under the surface and generally did its job properly
.....not coming home then.
So all the last minute begging in front of the FIFA officials for their delectation and delight ........ and amusement, didn't quite cut it then. Good! After watching the Panorama programme on TV and seeing the levels of corruption in the organisation it is shameful that the future King, the current Prime Minister and arguably the countrys best known footballer would parlez with these thieves for a few games of football.
although on the subject of Panorama....
I think I'd probably rather believe Fifa than anything they came up with... From the couple of occasions when I've known something about what they've been "exposing" I suspect that the National Enquirer has superior standards of honest journalism...
Fifa versus Panorama - one of those situations where there aren't actually any good guys...
aaaaahahbhahahabaaahhaahaaa oh im so disappointed!
Sickeningly biased article
Even though I live in the UK I don't appreciate the remarks about Russia not having built stadia yet and allegations of bias from FIFA. Grow up, the decision didn't go your way.
The stadia aren't built comment is an actual fact (I'm sure you could probably go and take a look if your not convinced, but it's not the safest of countries). Transport is (and always has been) an issue in Russia - though the world cup might help them justify improving this. Roads in Moscow are terrible, for example.
Qatar at least doesn't have the same problems - they'll throw oil money into stadia and transport is no problem in a small, oil rich country. I wouldn't fancy playing 90 minutes+ in temperatures such as those in the Gulf. Alcohol induced trouble won't be a problem though...
Bias from FIFA? No smoke without fire, but either way, it does seem that the Beeb did scupper things somewhat. Perhaps they don't want to spend money on so much coverage (as would be expected by an England bid), so they sabotaged the bid by broadcasting the Panorama when they did. How's that for a paranoid plot.....?
The plus side of losing is that the tax payer won't have to subsidise the event by providing policing, infrastructure support etc. Oh, not to mention, a firm two fingers at the usual London bias that these bids tend to have.
You could have said the same things about World Cup in S.Africa, Brazil 2014 and the 2008 Olympics - all venues are built from scratch, traffic/transport is terrible and safety definitely an issue. Moscow has terrible roads and 24 hour congestions but the subway system is convenient.
This article just reeks of sour grapes from TheReg. The World Cup will be great for us telly watchers just like so many times before.
the mafia will provide cheap booze and decent levels of protection. Its a win!
Chavfest 2018 can be held in some other f*cking country.
Villa v Birmingham last night demonstrated the high regard football fans should be held in, and they're far from a minority.
At least the ones who cause trouble won't have far to go to Siberia for hard labour.
How about that?
The novelty of football hooligans pretty much transporting themselves to the labour camps before having a fight. Good way to save on policing costs.
So at some point during 2018 the roads and shops will be less full of id10t's, since they will be in Russia - that's good news.
I recall visiting Asda and noticing that the shop was emptier, with people smiling at each other and it was an order of magnitude more pleasant, some big football event was happening and only sensible people were out and about.
Why can't this happen every year?
Re: Excellent news
"Why can't this happen every year?"
Why can't this happen every *day*!
Just ship them all off to somewhere with lots of football pitches and let them watch and play 24/7.
The rest of us can then get on with being civilised.
I am spared the mindless gibbering of has been footballers and arse kissing grovelling politicians, my pocket is saved from the, whoops..you know I said it would cost 2billion, well its now costing 9billion thieving scum. and lets thieve the difference from the lottery funding that you would have had locally. Good day.
Love the title...
But who is this Ray, and are his habits with ladies of ill repute really relevent in this football discussion?
This is childish but...
I read your title and thought DARPA had happened upon a bright new idea
Or a cunning ploy to avoid getting the event as we'll still be paying for the Olympics?
And still paying...
well past the next one in '22...
nothing to do with the beeb
nobody takes any notice of them anyway.
it's obvious that fifa are trying to spread the football love around the world and develop it in new areas, hence russia and qatar.
there was so much arrogance about england winning because of the home of football nonsense that i'm glad we didn't get it.....a bit like the eurovision song contest - we have no clout around the world anymore, no-one takes a bit of notice of silly old auntie britain.
we need to get our heads out the sand and face a global reality - and probably move further away from the yanks who also didn't win the 2022 bid.....i wonder why...
It was built up by the media to be something it wasn't.
The same people that build England's chances of winning every four years. Nobody apart from football fans gives a fuck.
Hosting it in the Qatar though, that must have been one massive bung right there.
FFS it only football hosting we lost. Its not the end of the world.
We shall still see drunken yobs and media hype about England winning and endless reruns of 1966 footage.
Get a life guys.
Flames welcome. Mines the fireproof one and Kevlar lined too!
You can't request flamage, without giving your name!
Not a good look for the UK
England sends out the world's most prominent footballing brand, its prime minister and it's future king.... Putin doesn't bother to tip up, and still they win it.
Russia's spin doctors are hastily making this look like Putin overshadows the UK's finest, even when he doesn't bother turning up.
William's PR people should have advised him to go over to the Russian contingent and land one right up someone's bracket. It's nothing personal, it's just one of those public image things that needs to be seen to be done. He can buy the guy a drink afterwards, off-camera, and say sorry about that, etc.
At least that's my take on the royals.
The tradition is the other way around
Last time I recall it was British Royal being slapped on the face by a young Russian lady not the other way around:
So I would not be sure about that. WIlliam might have gotten more than he would have bargained for with that one.
a horses head in the bed does wonders
Putin did send messages. plenty of them to all the voters. I think they understood.
Don't care much about foolball, but I am hoping for a couple of things...
1. WikiLeaks vs FIFA
2. Israel qualifying
Now THAT would be entertainment ;)
Israel Qualifying! God i would love to see that!
I would love to see Israel qualifying! It would be amazing to see if they would be allowed to enter the country at all! (considering theyre not allowed to at the moment! Hell your not even supposed to transit through Qatar if you have an Israeli entry stamp in your passport...
Will FIFA get the chance to show that its more powerful then the UN by forcing Qatar to let Israelis in (at least for the duration of the world cup!) - i hope we get to see... If for nothing else but the fireworks! :P
Good - might save us some dosh!
We already have one pork barrel cenered on london with some of the pork being handed out to parts of the midlands to stop a revolt.
We dont need another "event" that wrecks UK commerce for weekson end.
England you mean. The rest of the UK would not notice.
"England you mean. The rest of the UK would not notice."
London you mean. Rare for anywhere else to get a glimpse of it.
Football's fucking off elsewhere and so will the fuckwits, hopefully
Oh yay, even the Register's joining in what appears to be the new national hobby - blaming the BBC for the failed World Cup bid. It couldn't be because...the infrastructure's not there, and we're still trying to figure out how the fuck we're going to get everything done and paid for before the Olympics, and England fans are notoriously fickle and would likely cease to give a shit/support the event/spend any money on it as soon as England get knocked out (as they inevitably will, let's be honest), could it?
No no, it must've been because of those allegations of corruption recently. Because it's not like anyone else has ever suggested FIFA were a corrupt bunch of thieving, self-serving shitehawks, is it?
Re : Football's fucking off.
I'm not really a football fan, but lets have a look....
"Oh yay, even the Register's joining in what appears to be the new national hobby - blaming the BBC for the failed World Cup bid."
I thought John Leyden said..
"Rumours from Zurich suggest voters punished England for its media's "hostile" coverage of allegations of corruption"
(that's rumours, from elsewhere) and
"The Beeb's decision to air an edition of Panorama on Monday .. may have been particularly untimely."
'may' - good word that, ask any lawyer. Regardless of the whinging from elsewhere, i'm not convinced John said the bid failed because of the Beeb - no. Your reading and opinion, obviously, differs - fair enough. Right, where were we ?...
"It couldn't be because...the infrastructure's not there,"
No - or at least highly unlikely given the comments from FIFA
"and we're still trying to figure out how the fuck we're going to get everything done and paid for before the Olympics,"
..probably not, no..
"and England fans are notoriously fickle and would likely cease to give a shit/support the event/spend any money on it as soon as England get knocked out (as they inevitably will, let's be honest), could it?"
No. We would have, they wouldn't.
"No no, it must've been because of those allegations of corruption recently. "
No (this is getting fun!)
"Because it's not like anyone else has ever suggested FIFA were a corrupt bunch of thieving, self-serving shitehawks, is it?"
No indeed - absolutely right on that last one.
On the contrary, the UK probably has better infrastructure than most countries when it comes to hosting a large football tournament...
The UK already has enough stadiums thanks to the premiership, whereas other potential hosts will have to build new ones.
Shame that the UK did not apply then surely, but left it all to just one province.
A losing bid that cost us £13M
A desert country that has temperatures in excess of 40 Cent and no alcohol
A Russian state which is run by Batman and Robin aided by a gang of mafiaosa ...
Corrupt FIFA picked the most corrupt countries to do buisness with.
(P.S Qatar is not Saudi Arabia, they allow Israeli citizens in)
You forgot the funniest parts
Qatar is tiny (less then 2 million people). Its largest city is about 500,000. Its 6th largest city is 10,000 people. I can see how a 40,000 seat stadium will benefit a town of 10,000, cant you?
Joke icon, because well thats FIFA...
Nae luck England...
That's another 2 world cups where you won't be able to cheat to win.
Cheat? The losers we have playing football for the England team would need more than cheating
They'd need to get fit, concentrate on the game, learn some football skills (not the big mouth shag and run to the hairdresser skills they have now) and get some enthusiasm...
I still can't get over the 'too tired' comments at the last fiasco.
Errrm... Isn't it deadly hot in the Middle East in June..? I take it they will have to build indoor air-conditioned stadia then...
It's also not a very big place, so how many stadia would there be..?
To be honest, I don't care where the World Cup takes place, but it should at least be somewhere amenable...
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