LONDON: Fifa President Sepp Blatter moved to win over the Football Association (FA) after England were not awarded World Cup hosting rights during last December’s vote for the 2018 and 2022 editions by insisting it was not his personal mission to take the competition to new territories.
On his first visit to England since they lost their bid to host the 2018 event, Blatter had lunch with FA chiefs as one of the first meetings on the campaign trail for re-election as Fifa president. It is understood he promised that Fifa would never again hold the vote for two tournaments at the same time.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 6th, 2011.
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