2018 World Cup decision disappoints Walden skipper

PUBLISHED: 14:05 08 December 2010

Tommy Butchart

Tommy Butchart

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ONE of Saffron Walden's top footballers has spoken of his dismay after England lost out on its bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

The biggest tournament on the planet will be going to Russia after the England bid was knocked out of the running in the first round of voting during last Thursday’s decision day in Zurich, Switzerland.

Saffron Walden first team captain Tommy Butchart, who would be leading his team out this Saturday against March Town United if it wasn’t for a one-match suspension, said: “Obviously I am disappointed that we have missed out on hosting the World Cup but at the same time I cannot say I am surprised.

“Unfortunately I feel we have seen the ugly side to our beautiful game. Rumours of bribery and corruption will continue to linger after Russia were successful in their bid but it is the true football supporters here that I feel sorry for.

“To host a World Cup would have been fantastic for our youngsters as they would be encouraged to take part in football and that can only be good for the development of our game both at local and national level”.

In a further twist Qatar were chosen to host the 2022 World Cup despite being labelled as ‘high risk’ due to terrorism by officials from the World Governing Body, Fifa.

- Walden’s Wednesday night league cup fixture against Whitton United had been cancelled due to a frozen pitch. It has now been rescheduled for Saturday December 18.

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