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    Roger Burden, acting chairman of the Football Association, has withdrawn his application for the permanent position saying he can no longer trust FIFA members after the failure of England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

    "I recognise that an important part of the role is liaison with FIFA, our global governing body. I am not prepared to deal with people whom I cannot trust and I have withdrawn my candidacy," he said in a statement.

    He added that England's bid team in Zurich, which included Prime Minister David Cameron and the second in line to the throne, Prince William, were promised votes which had not been delivered by the Executive Committee (Exco) members.

    Burden, who was appointed in May after rising through the ranks of the FA as representative for Gloucestershire in central England, said he would continue as acting chairman until a successor could be found.

    His decision followed a day of recriminations over England's bid, which attracted just two votes out of 22 -- one by their own representative -- from FIFA's executive committee in Thursday's poll to decide the venue for the 2018 World Cup.

    The decision went to Russia which will stage football's biggest showpiece for the first time. Qatar beat the United States and three others in the vote to decide the hosts in 2022.

    "I have no issue with Russia's winning bid. I am sure they will put on a great World Cup and I have congratulated them," Burden said.

    WIDELY ACCLAIMED

    "We were equal top of FIFA's own technical assessment of the four bids. We were top of an independent assessment of the best commercial bids and our presentation on Thursday was widely acclaimed as the best of the 2018 and 2022 bids.

    "Against this background, I am struggling to understand how we only achieved two votes. It is difficult to believe that the voting was an objective process.

    "On top of that, Prince William, the Prime Minister and other members of our delegation were promised votes that did not materialise."

    Burden, who succeeded David Triesman who himself stood down after making leaked allegations of a corrupt 2010 World Cup plot between Spain and Russia, declined to blame the British media for England's failure in the vote at FIFA's Zurich HQ.

    "I am well aware that some of the UK media coverage could have upset some of the FIFA executive committee. We have a free press in our country and we all have to live with adverse comment from time to time."

    Earlier on Friday, England's bid chief Andy Anson suggested FIFA President Sepp Blatter influenced Exco members before the vote by reminding them of British media stories which alleged corruption against them and led to two being banned.

    He said that unless the selection process was changed it was not worth bids like England's bothering with the process.

    "When you have the best technical bid, fantastic inspection visits and the best economic report -- and from what people told us the best presentation yesterday -- it's quite hard to stomach that seemed to count for absolutely nothing.

    "Having only 22 guys voting gives them too much power and influence."
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    Footballs gay, it's all about Rugby
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    bah. Just pray that England at least reaches the semi-finals
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    Russia is pretty much ran by the mafia anyway

    Ofcourse the fifa executives lined their pockets with bribes from them

    England didnt and well they got 2 votes =)

    Fifa is a joke anyway, football is one of the biggest sports in the world and they won't use video technology. Even the likes of cricket a much smaller sport can do it!
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    what would've happened if England had won the bid? would we all be ****ging off FIFA then?
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    (Original post by Mr. Orange)
    what would've happened if England had won the bid? would we all be ****ging off FIFA then?
    FIFA would still be corrupt.
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    Who cares? The British press is going to spend the next ten years ripping FIFA to shreds... I'd be surprised of any vestige of what FIFA is now survives the next ten years. In any case, it's ironic that Russia and Qatar won the two tournaments, as both countries, just like FIFA, are corrupt to the core.
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    (Original post by Cybele)
    FIFA would still be corrupt.
    i assumed you would use that piece of knowledge to answer my question.
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    (Original post by dzeh)
    Russia is pretty much ran by the mafia anyway

    Ofcourse the fifa executives lined their pockets with bribes from them

    England didnt and well they got 2 votes =)

    Fifa is a joke anyway, football is one of the biggest sports in the world and they won't use video technology. Even the likes of cricket a much smaller sport can do it!
    If this is true then its not Russias fault, they offered money and FIFA accepted, so FIFA is corrupt, England could have done the same, but they didint.
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    The Russian bid did very badly when it came to the corruption assessment yet this seems to be have been overlooked. We have the best league in the world, the best stadiums and some of the most well supported teams in the world yet we got 2 votes out of 22? How does that work?
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    Sounds a little bit like sour grapes on his part to be honest.
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    (Original post by Mr. Orange)
    i assumed you would use that piece of knowledge to answer my question.
    I thought it was pretty obvious. We've been '****ging them off' for years and and no doubt will do in the future because they are an absolutely bent governing body. Winning the bid would have placated us for a while at least, sure, but that doesn't really change anything.
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      (Original post by dzeh)
      Even the likes of cricket a much smaller sport can do it!
      Cricket is superior! :france:

      It's understandable as to why he'd quit, but I don't think England lost out solely because of corruption. It's like what Steve Bruce (I think) said.. maybe it just that FIFA don't like England.
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      (Original post by TuckingFypo™)
      Cricket is superior! :france:

      It's understandable as to why he'd quit, but I don't think England lost out solely because of corruption. It's like what Steve Bruce (I think) said.. maybe it just that FIFA don't like England.
      Yeah pretty much... I mean Sepp Blatter has made no secret of his dislike for England in the past. He's such a ****... Shocking that somebody like him is the president. :/
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      our bid was easily the best -- and light years ahead of russia. they have massive probs with racism, security and distances between venues. england is the home of football yet we get one foreign vote ?!?!

      FIFA = DISGRACE :mad: Remember Chelsea vs Barca?
     
     
     
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