Australia forced to defend World Cup bid after allegations

By Duncan Mackay
British Sports Internet Writer of the Year

June 29 – Australia’s bid to host the 2022 World Cup has been fiercely defended following allegations published in the Sydney Morning Herald, claiming they had given pearl necklaces to the wives of the FIFA Executive Committee and offered an all-expenses paid trip to one of the voting members.

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Mike Rowbottom: Capello “psychologically demolished” his England players

Mike Rowbottom

England’s World Cup chances were doomed by their manager’s failure to understand or inspire his players, a state of affairs which meant that the team which took to the field had a subsconscious wish to punish him by failing to do their best.

And that ambivalence was strongest of all in the former captain, John Terry, whom Fabio Capello had stripped of his position and publicly rebuked during the group stages.

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Andrew Warshaw: Are FIFA embarrassed? They should be

Andrew Warshaw

The line of questioning thrown at FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot the morning after the night before Frank Lampard’s already imfamous “goal-that-wasn’t” included the words laughing stock and embarrassment. You can understand why.

When football’s lawmakers ditched goal-line technology once and for all just over three months ago, FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said he hoped the decision did not come back to haunt the organisation at the World Cup.

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