FA chief rejects calls for England to host 2018 or 2022 World Cup

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The chief executive of the Football Association, Martin Glenn, has revealed that despite the recent events that have blighted FIFA, England do not intend to make a bid to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.

According to the Daily Star, the corruption allegations that have engulfed football’s governing body could see the tournaments taken away from Russia and Qatar, who were both awarded the right to host the respective competitions in 2010.

Seven officials have already been arrested on corruption allegations, and recently re-elected president Sepp Blatter stepped down just days after defeating Prince Ali of Jordan.

But despite the disarray, Glenn confirmed that England – who unsuccessfully bid for the 2018 tournament – would not enter the running, should the right to host either competition become the subject of a re-vote.

“We are really not interested,” he confirmed.

The Star reported that Glenn believes that despite the controversy surrounding FIFA, the Russia bid had won fairly, and England would therefore be unable to win the vote for the next event due to the desire to globalise the game.

“They [Russia] have not had a World Cup, why shouldn’t they play there? And 2022 was never going to be in Europe [under Fifa rules] so it should be outside of Europe,” he added.

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