INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST and author Andrew Jennings will be enlightening the audience on England’s chances of hosting the 2018 world cup tomorrow afternoon, in Play The Game’s closing session at 1.30pm in the City’s Cathedral writes Adam Manning.
Jennings’s talk is entitled “2018: England in the iron grip of Jack Warner” who is Vice President to Sepp Blatter.
The chances of the name Jack Warner and a mention of a successful English world cup bid appearing in the same sentence seems highly unlikely due to his reservations on how FIFA is governed. Jennings has previously featured on CU Today on his views on how to remove outspoken FIFA President Sepp Blatter from power, claiming that criminal investigators studying the misuse of FIFA’s funds would have to “indict Blatter”.
Jennings also spilled the beans on the FIFA Vice President and his son, whose business Simpaul Travel took up 5,400 tickets from FIFA, and then sold them on for a higher price.
Warner is an influential figure in electing Blatter as president however, Warner controls 35 out of 207 votes, and so he is still here today to make an impact on England’s 2018 bid.
The bid is currently hanging in the balance with eight other bidders, with the main rival being Russia, as well as two joint bids. One from Spain –Portugal and one from Holland-Belgium.
Warner admits that England has the best league and facilities, yet the country must avoid too many slip ups to avoid a bad representation. He recently cited the decision to couple an invitation for the British National Party with an all white audience at England’s world cup launch at Wembley in May as an “error” because “it did not consider minorities”.
Going by Jennings’ investigative nature, opinions are likely to be formed, and revelations cannot be ruled out in what promises to be an intriguing closing session for Play The Game 2009.
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