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FIFA inspection team to visit Manchester

City in the spotlight as 2018 bid gets the once over

Published on August 23rd 2010.

FIFA inspection team to visit Manchester

Manchester is one of four cities to be visited by the FIFA team tasked with evaluating England’s 2018 World Cup bid.

Twelve cities have put themselves forward as potential hosts but Manchester, London, Newcastle and Sunderland will be in the spotlight this week during the inspection team’s four-day visit to England.

Manchester will have the facilities it plans to use as part of the 2018 tournament viewed and inspected. All other candidate host cities - Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Plymouth and Sheffield - will be involved in some form during the visit, which starts tomorrow.

Andy Anson, chief executive of England 2018 Ltd, the company set up to lead the bid, said: “The list of cities to be visited is the result of a process intended to provide the most efficient and productive route around the country for FIFA’s inspection team.

“We believe we are presenting the best of English facilities and an honest reflection of what we are offering across the length and breadth of the country. All candidate host cities have a valuable part to play during this week and they have all been exceptionally supportive and co-operative during our planning.

“We believe our Bid Book reflects a strong proposal to FIFA from a country that can deliver on facilities, commercial opportunities and general infrastructure, for the overall benefit of the tournament, its players and officials and the fans.

“ England’s bid is based around stadiums and facilities that are already in place and already being used on a regular basis and so there is minimal construction and planning required. We are looking forward to receiving the inspection team to England and to a positive week for England’s bid.”

The FIFA Inspection team will be lead by the Chilean Federation President, Harold Mayne-Nicholls . Further information on the detailed itinerary will be released shortly.

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Little BritainAugust 23rd 2010.

How about launching a 'sustainable' bid? People will love it even more then, surely? Don't like it...

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