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London Mayor Boris Johnson Calls For FIFA Reform After England Lose 2018 World Cup Bid

London Mayor Boris Johnson Calls For FIFA Reform After England Lose 2018 World Cup Bid

Questions are raised about the decision process

London mayor Boris Johnson has raised doubts about the process required to choose the host of World Cup tournaments.

The English bid was beaten by Russia and Johnson feels that the way the hosts are decided needs to be reviewed.

“If one of the results of what has happened today is that we proceed to a closer examination of how these decisions are taken, at how World Cups that are worth billions of pounds are awarded around the world, I don't think that would be a bad thing," he said.

“This [the World Cup] is a great, great world institution. I think what President Blatter had to say about the importance of football is absolutely right, I think that people will now wonder if the conclave of the oligarchy that decides where the World Cup should go, I think people will think its days are now numbered in its current form.”

Many questions will be asked in the coming days, one of which will be the decision by the BBC to air the 'Panorama' programme which investigated the alleged corruption within the bidding process. Johnson, however, does not see that as having a negative effect on the bid.

“We have a free press in our country, I think it's one of the things that makes Britain great. The media shine a light on things that need to be exposed – then that's a fantastic thing," he added.

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