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February 24, 2021

World Cup2018: England floats Fifa reform proposal

England 2018 bid chief executive Andy Anson has called on the world’s major football associations to come together and put Fifa under pressure to reform.England spent £15m on its 2018 World Cup bid, but attracted just two votes.“It might be time for big countries – the US, Australia, Spain, ourselves – who feel this has been handled badly, to make our opinions felt,” he said, quoted by BBC.

“If anyone is going to do it now is the time and we should act quickly,” Anson told Radio 5 Live’s 606 show.
England crashed out in the first round of voting on Thursday after gaining only the votes of Englishman Geoff Thompson and one other Fifa Executive Committee member, with Russia winning the right to host the 2018 competition.Australia fared even worse than England in the contest to stage the 2022 tournament, picking up just one vote in Zurich.

“We’ve talked to the Spanish, American and Australian bid teams and there is a lot of anger there,” added Anson.

“Australia spent $40m of government money on their 2022 bid and they have been left frustrated, while the US also still can’t believe that they lost out to Qatar in the same vote.”

As the FA tries to keep the focus on Fifa’s shortcomings, questions are beginning to be asked about its own role in Thursday’s humiliation.

Anson wants to see the World Cup voting process widened to include Fifa’s 208 national football associations, rather than be decided by the organisation’s executive committee.“There are number of executive committee members that have been on it for 25 years and that is never a healthy scenario,” said Anson.“Maybe it is time to look at having term limits of four to eight years,” he added, referring to how long members should sit on the ExCo.“It feels like a brotherhood that has been together for a very long time and are incredibly protective of this cushy nice life that they have. People move in or out very infrequently and they have no desire to change.

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