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20 January 2018 15:08 (South Africa)

World Cup 2018 bid: England and Russia go to war, sort of

  • Andy Rice
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    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

The battle between Russia and England for the 2018 World Cup is heating up. Viacheslav Koloskov, a Russian former Fifa and Uefa executive committee member, called England "absolutely primitive", and bid leader Alexey Sorokin made comments about the high crime rate and drinking habit of young Londoners, prompting the British to lodge an official complaint with Fifa. Even though Fifa has very strict rules about saying nasty things about one's bid opponents, it have bigger problems at the moment. Two executive board members have been caught soliciting bribes from journalists whom they mistook for lobbyists, and the Fifa board has its hands full dealing with the resultant fallout. The England team broke its silence to condemn the comments from Russia, to which Koloskov responded with even more scoffing. Are we the only ones who think that Russia accusing England of being a nation of drinkers is a bit rich? Read more: BBC News

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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