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England 2018 World Cup bid viewed as ‘low risk’

England’s 2018 World Cup bid is viewed as low risk by Fifa, although the world governing body has flagged up concerns over training camp and hotel provision, BBC informs. Published on Wednesday, the executive summary, seen by the BBC on Tuesday, is only part of the full report that Fifa will base its final decision on.
England’s main rivals – the joint Spanish and Portuguese bid and Russia – are also given a “low risk” rating. The votes to decide the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 events is on 2 December.


Across 17 risk categories, Russia lies just behind England and Spain/Portugal, while the joint bid from Netherlands and Belgium has received a medium risk assessment.


The bidder has not contracted the required number of venue-specific training sites or venue-specific team hotels. Although there is not thought to be any overall ranking, it is understood England and Spain/Portugal have the most low risk gradings while Russia’s bid has more rated as medium risk.


The full Fifa report will not to be made public but the executive summary highlighted some criticisms of England’s bid.


“The bidder has not contracted the required number of venue-specific training sites or venue-specific team hotels,” says the report.


“Additional training sites, likely to be selected from England’s existing range of professional club stadiums and training sites, may have to be considered.


“In terms of accommodation, the bidder proposes a relatively large inventory. However, the fact that not many of the rooms have been contracted in full compliance with Fifa’s template hotel agreement requires further analysis and potentially renegotiation. Fifa could be ex­posed to excessive pricing.”

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