England Refuses to Host 2018, 2022 World Cups, if Votes Re-Open

© AFP 2023 / Leon NealFootball Association chairman Greg Dyke speaks during a press conference
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke speaks during a press conference - Sputnik International
England won’t host neither the 2018 nor 2022 World Cups if the bidding for the two football tournaments is voted on again, said Greg Dyke, the chairman of England’s Football Association (FA), ESPN reported.

The recent scandal resulted in FIFA officials being arrested and Sepp Blatter, the president of the world football organization, stepping down from his post. More importantly, the future of the two World Cups in Russia and Qatar looks uncertain.

The FBI said it will investigate the awarding of both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, Reuters reported.

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After hearing this news, London mayor Boris Johnson suggested that England should step in and offer to host either of the World Cups. However, Dyke confirmed that England is not looking forward to hosting the World Cups, even if Russia and Qatar were to be stripped of their right to host the football tournaments.

"We won't have the World Cup in 2018, and we certainly won't have it in 2022," Dyke said.

Martin Glenn, the FA chief executive, also supported Dyke's point:

"We are really not interested. It has gone to Russia in good faith, they have not had a World Cup, why shouldn't they play there, and 2022 was never going to be in Europe so it should be outside of Europe. So we support the World Cup being dispersed around the world, as the name suggests."

In any case, before hastily jumping to conclusions and laying anything against Qatar or Russia, officials must wait until the investigation is complete, Dyke said.

The FA chairman suggested that if Qatar ends up losing its right to host the 2022 World Cup, then the United States might be a good alternative.

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