Nothing more can be said after our bid for the 2018 World Cup went down in flames in Zurich. We cant blame our players as we sent out the best team we could. With a Prince in our team if this had been a fairytale we would have had it all sewn up with enough time for a bedtime story. Sadly from reading all the reports our bid was top in everything, and in the corridors of power when asked if we could depend on votes we were assured that we could.
As it was, only one other member voted for us, not the best way to spend £15 million pounds but as we all know you've got to be in it to win. Where we go from here is uncertain , if FIFA do want to send it to all parts of the globe then we could be waiting a long time for the football to come back to the "motherland" as Sepp called it.
So well done to Russia and lets hope that they can host a true and fair World Cup, and that recent comments from the Wikileaks about" a mafia state " are not true. Otherwise it could be a bit like betting on the ATP tournament in St Petersburg last month with some rather strange odds and results.
So to 2022, and a laughable result with it given to a rather rich country (Emirate)called Qatar. We cant even use playing in 115 degree heat as an excuse as they are going to air condition all the stadiums. I should think so to, if you watch tennis then the last few years at Doha the women have just withered away in absurd humidity.
So the good news is I have started tracing back my family tree to see if I am in fact related to any Qatari people just in case there's any chance of me getting a game .I'm sure Sir Stanley Matthews managed to play in his fifties, and with such a small population I bet they are always short of a couple of players to get a full team out. I also hear that they will be one of the seeds which is just pushing it a bit far.
This is what wikipedia says about Qatar:
"Qatar is a destination country for men and women from South and Southeast Asia who migrate willingly, but are subsequently trafficked into involuntary servitude as domestic workers and laborers, and, to a lesser extent, commercial sexual exploitation; the most common offence was forcing workers to accept worse contract terms than those under which they were recruited; other conditions include bonded labor, withholding of pay, restrictions on movement, arbitrary detention, and physical, mental, and sexual abuse.
The government maintains that it is setting the benchmark when it comes to human rights and treatment of labourers."
So to all those labourers this is what you will be building, and it all looks bloody nice.
Better get cracking guys....