Russian taxpayers rescue English ones


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2nd December, 2010 at 3:54 pm    

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  1. MaidMarian — on 2nd December, 2010 at 4:04 pm  

    Open to debate at best. Certainly nothing wrong with the stimulus to the economy a one-off event would bring.

    As I understand it, the evidence for the benefit economically of sport events is thin, but they are not overall a bad thing, and it is a shame that England didn’t get it.

  2. earwicga — on 2nd December, 2010 at 4:09 pm  

    Good news.

  3. earwicga — on 2nd December, 2010 at 4:12 pm  

    If you are genuinely upset then please go to the Edinburgh Zoo Live Penguin Cam. It’s bloody brilliant :)

  4. Kismet Hardy — on 2nd December, 2010 at 4:13 pm  

    Oh the fun The Sun will now have burning Panaromic effigies of those leftie do-gooders at the truth-mongering beeb now

  5. Don — on 2nd December, 2010 at 4:17 pm  

    Was it something we said?

  6. Kismet Hardy — on 2nd December, 2010 at 4:47 pm  

    Who’d have thunk FIFA were the type to respond to bribes?

  7. Vikrant — on 2nd December, 2010 at 5:27 pm  

    Man… Russian mafia and Qatari petro dollars =/… Where the fuck is Qatar located on the map anyway?

  8. Nikki — on 2nd December, 2010 at 5:35 pm  

    Oh thank god. It’s hard enough being someone who hates football when we DON’T host it.

  9. Kulvinder — on 2nd December, 2010 at 10:37 pm  

    Was it something we said?

    hahaha this made me snort

  10. billygruff — on 2nd December, 2010 at 10:45 pm  

    Cameron as head of ‘the greenest Government ever’
    should have been at Cancun. Another lost cause.

  11. Wibble — on 2nd December, 2010 at 10:54 pm  

    Pity the French could not save us with the Olympics :)

    Apart from a blip in 1992, we’ve been a distinctly second rate footballing nation after winning the competition in 1966.

  12. joe90 — on 3rd December, 2010 at 12:09 am  

    Why all the sour grapes from the media, let every nation that can manage it have a go at hosting the world cup at least once.

    Is fifa corrupt from information available most likely, was the olympics bought to london with a few brown envelopes stuffed full of cash? you get the picture.

  13. damon — on 3rd December, 2010 at 1:40 am  

    Sun headline: ”Fifa bungs Russia the World Cup”.
    That’s probably true.

    Absolute joke that Qatar is getting it four years later. It’s hardly even a country.

  14. Wibble — on 3rd December, 2010 at 10:48 am  

    Damon, they want to bring in new money with Qatar. There are two Formula 1 Grand Prix races in the Middle East.

    I guess a similar argument can be made for USA, South Korea / Japan a few years back. The tournaments were dull as spectacles. However, now the Japan and South Korea teams are a lot more watchable than some of the more dour European teams (Austria / Switzerland).

    At least Russia do have a footballing legacy.

  15. dave bones — on 3rd December, 2010 at 10:58 am  

    hahahahaha excellent. Their bribers are better than ours and with racism so allegedly prevalent in Russian football should make for a very interesting tournament. Shame I will miss it as I am booked on the mothership in 2012.

  16. damon — on 3rd December, 2010 at 1:10 pm  

    Going to join your friends on the Hale-Bopp comet Dave Bones?

    Wibble, I don’t have a problem with Russia getting it. They are a footballing country.

    What I would hope would happen, and it could if the Russians were just prepared to subsidise it from their oil and gas billions, was if they announced that this would be a fan friendly games and made it clear that provision would be made to house tens of thousands of ordinary football fans in affordable accomodation and have wage packet friendly ticket prices and transport.
    Which could make going to Russia in 2018 a fantasic experience for travelling fans. Camping and travelling about by train.

    As for Qatar …. well, I can’t think there’d be much to do there for your regular footie fan.
    Although this guy seems to think it could be good.
    http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/article/9970/

    Open air stadiums ….. with air conditioning (don’t tell Sunny).

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