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Barry Horne: World finally wakes up to the FIFA fiasco

04 Dec 2010 00:00:00

ANYONE who has read this column over the last few years will know my feelings about FIFA's president. Astonishingly it seems as if the whole world has suddenly woken up to the reality of what it stands for and how it is run since Thursday's debacle. My only surprise concerning the whole fiasco was that anyone in England actually thought we would be awarded the World Cup. I phoned a respected journalist on Tuesday night in disbelief that our press took Vladimir Putin's stay-away statement as a positive indication for England's bid. Putin stayed away because he'd 'done the deal.' The giveaway was his unqualified praise for the 'virtues and the integrity' of FIFA committee members and, of course, the direct criticism of the 'unscrupulous' other bidders.


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