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English football official 'cannot trust' FIFA

sports Updated: Dec 04, 2010 09:21 IST
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The acting chairman of the English Football Association has said he will not take the job on a permanent basis in the wake of England's 2018 World Cup defeat because he "cannot trust" FIFA.

Roger Burden became the latest English football figure to lambast the sport's global governing body after it picked Russia to host the 2018 tournament and England received just two votes out of 22.

In a letter to FA board members, Burden said: "I had applied for the position of chairman. I recognise that an important part of the role is liaison with FIFA, our global governing body.

"I am not prepared to deal with people whom I cannot trust and I have withdrawn my candidacy."

The FA's unhappiness at the 2018 decision is also expected to lead to moves to scrap plans for a friendly international against Thailand in June, a match originally planned in a bid to gain support for England's bid.

Burden said that while he had "no issue" with Russia's winning bid, he could not understand how England fared so badly in the voting process in Zurich on Thursday, being eliminated in the first round.

"We were equal top of FIFA's own technical assessment of the four bids. We were top of an independent assessment of the best commercial bids and our presentation on Thursday was widely acclaimed as the best of the 2018 and 2022 bids," he said.

"Against this background, I am struggling to understand how we only achieved two votes. It is difficult to believe that the voting was an objective process.

"On top of that, Prince William, the Prime Minister and other members of our delegation were promised votes that did not materialise."