Better late than never
That might not be apparent from today’s front page, which declares “Sun Backs European Union” (first time for everything, eh?) before declaring “LET’S BATTER BLATTER … Uefa must unite against Fifa tyrant”. Yes, now that Rupe’s downmarket troops have had it spelled out to them that around $100 million in bribes has been paid over the years, they have decided that Sepp Blatter is A Very Bad Person Indeed.
I say, you press cheppies, look over thyah while I change my mind, will you? Jolly good sheow!
What a difference four and a half years makes: both Cameron and his favourite newspaper were singing a very different tune at the end of November 2010 after the BBC had broadcast an edition of Panorama three days before the vote that would decide who would host the World Cup in 2018. London, one of the candidates, had put forward a sound, low-risk and technically well-regarded bid.
It was bent, but the Beeb did it, honestly
And what happened? The London bid secured precisely two votes. Sports and Olympics minister Hugh Robertson mused “there are 22 Fifa exco delegates … the rumour was that only three of them bothered to call for the technical reports … If you have 22 exco members and they’re not bothering to read the technical reports, I think that probably tells you it’s not a football-based decision”. Not a football-based decision.