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Saturday, September 17, 2005

England Likely To Bid for 2018 World Cup

An Article in The Times today suggests that Britain may bid for the 2018 World Cup.

Brian Barwick, the new FA chief executive, said last month: “The next time that it should come to Europe is probably 2018 and we have got time to get organised.”

Personally, I think that - as with the Olympics - it is a terrible waste of public money that could be better spent on better healthcare, housing, education and other more important things that will improve quality of life for the whole population.

Don't get me wrong - I love sport - well, football - but sport is a commercial entity and it isn't the role of government to financially support it.

The old argument that staging these events 'brings the country together' doesn't hold much water, as the only people who are 'brought together' are fans of sport and this happens regardless of whether the World Cup finals are held in London or Tokyo.

The other argument (much repeated during the Olympics bid) is that certain inner city areas will be redeveloped as a consequence of a winning bid. This is also facile. If the money is there to redevelop these areas, they can do so regardless of hosting the World Cup or Olympics or any other sport.


posted by mark_s at 9:51 AM


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