Banner was not racist, claims Russia 2018 bid leader

By Duncan Mackay
British Sports Internet Writer of the Year

September 2 – Racism is not endemic in Russian football and should not stop the country being awarded the 2018 World Cup, the bid’s chief executive Alexei Sorokin claimed today – but was contradicted by Peter Odemwingie, the Nigerian player whose treatment has sparked the latest controversy.

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FIFA inspectors travel to Portugal to continue tour

By Duncan Mackay
British Sports Internet Writer of the Year

September 1 – FIFA’s inspectors, led by Chilean Football Federation President Harold Mayne-Nicholls (pictured), have begun looking at the proposed facilities to be used if Portugal’s joint bid to host the 2018 World Cup is successful.

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IAAF chief Diack happy with West Ham Stadium solution

By Duncan Mackay
British Sports Internet Writer of the Year

August 30 -Sebastian Coe’s successful long-running battle to ensure that whoever takes over the Olympic Stadium after London 2012 retains the athletics track has been hailed by Lamine Diack, the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

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