Blatter cites FA sour grapes

04 December 2011 11:17

FIFA chairman Sepp Blatter believes England are still sore about failing to secure the 2018 World Cup.

The Football Association were hopeful of hosting the tournament they last staged in 1966, but lost out to Russia despite the efforts of Prime Minister David Cameron, Prince William and David Beckham.

Since then, the FA have opposed Blatter`s re-election as the world governing body`s president, and he feels there is still some upset lingering. He is quoted as telling Swiss newspaper Matin Dimanche: "In the 60s and 70s, the great sporting federations were in the main British. It's no longer the case."

Blatter added: "The English have lost power and, most recently, the 2018 World Cup.

"They were very keen, more than for the Olympics. They thought that football should have come home.

"The World Cup was theirs by right. When they came here with Beckham, Prince William and Prime Minister Cameron, they were certain of winning.

"They got two votes.

"Since then, they have looked for every means to justify their defeat."

Source: PA