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World Cup decision day in Spinningfields

2018 for England? Come down on Thursday 2 December

Published on December 1st 2010.

World Cup decision day in Spinningfields

We’re all being invited down to Spinningfields on Thursday. This is to see if England gets the nod over the hosting of the 2018 World Cup.

A free press has got to be far more valuable than a month long celebration of sport, no matter how big the event. That aside the prize to be gained is significant. It will be grand to have World Cup matches in Manchester.

FIFA delegates are meeting in Zurich to decide which country will win the right to host the biggest sporting party around and the announcement – expected just after 3pm – will be shown live on the big screen in Hardman Square, Spinningfields.

Manchester is part of the England 2018 campaign and is the only city outside London with more than one stadium in the bid.

The big screen will be showing recordings of the competing nations’ final presentations to FIFA before crossing live to the media centre in Zurich. There will also be a football skills event featuring local schools during the build-up to the announcement.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said: "Manchester is a city with football in its blood but if England is named the host country for the 2018 World Cup it won’t just be lovers of the game who benefit.

"It will mean an enormous boost to Manchester’s economy as well as a festival of football, fans and friendship will once again see the city take its place on the world stage.”

Confidential will be having a look-see to check what’s going on - and hoping that the strange crude metal shapes in place for a Spinningfields’ competition will have been removed so they don’t get in the way.

But given all the allegations and proofs of corruption at FIFA you can’t help feel the whole event on Thursday is tarnished. Sepp Blatter, the Swiss FIFA president, appears to have a perverse and maverick way of running the committee - or perhaps better to call it a cartel – that decides on such matters.

It’s not been pleasant viewing either having the English FA criticising the BBC and The Times for revealing the level of cronyism, back-handers and downright bribery which FIFA committee members have on occasion encouraged. A free press has got to be far more valuable than a month long celebration of sport, no matter how big the event.

Confidential is sure it’s a coincidence that the announcement is being made on the Spinningfields screen not on the BBC screen in Exchange Square.

That aside the prize to be gained is significant. It will be grand to have World Cup matches in Manchester. It will be a party like the Commonwealth Games of 2002 with the only difference a nagging sense of despondency over whether England will even make the Semis.

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11 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousDecember 1st 2010.

I hope England doesn't get it. The World Cup brings out all the pretend football fans at the best of times and if its in England it'll be even worse - hordes of dull office workers from the suburbs watching on big screens in town are just one manifestaion of this.

Let's scrap international football. Most real football fans aren't that bothered about it anyway and hate it when international matches mean a blank weekend during the season.

BaxterDecember 1st 2010.

Thus speaks the arrogant idiocy of a big city club with all the petty hatreds of cross-club rivalries, and the arrant foolishness of tribalism. International football for fans of smaller clubs is great as well as for people who just like the odd game. And that's all right you know. People who worship football are like all religious bigots blind to all else.

Mandy BDecember 1st 2010.

Spot on Baxter. What does that Anon cock think is a real football fan. One who calls his kids the team names and then beats his kids when the team lose. One who actually gets angry about sport. I love watching England - the big idea not the little local tribal idea - and I get disappointed by it when they lose. They I have a drink, read a book and forget about it. Real football fans in the context of fanaticism are just fools.

AnonymousDecember 1st 2010.

England 2018 haven't criticised the BBC for doing their investigation - they have criticised the cynical timing. They've had the information for months (actually probably years as that rather scruffy gent who did the programme made similar allegations a couple of years back).

Woodward and Bernstein didn't wait until the eve of the 1976 presidential election to expose Nixon - they did it as soon as they could stand up the information. That's how good investigative journalism should work. The tragedy is that Panorama has now sunk to become a sub-Tonight with Trevor McDonald disgrace.

UKIP SUPPORTERDecember 2nd 2010.

Lets hope the Russian bid under Putin and his exe KGB stooges has crashed and burnt tonight after wiki leaks reveal their old commy tricks for all!

Christopher MeddowsDecember 2nd 2010.

International football brings out all sorts of "football fans" that don't have a clue... I am a lower league fan, I hate the England players attitudes towards playing for THEIR country.
I do love the world cup, watching part-time players knocking out multi millionaires is priceless.

Footballing foolsDecember 2nd 2010.

I wonder if anonymous thinks those Villa and Birmingham fans were 'real'. It's not about having a clue it's about likeing something, football isn't an exact science it's a game in which 22 people kick a spherical object around grass

BoooooDecember 2nd 2010.

Russia :-(

Paul MastersDecember 2nd 2010.

We had two chances no chance and fat chance

Paul MastersDecember 3rd 2010.

And both the winners are well known for corruption and have loads of money to back it up

AllemandDecember 3rd 2010.

What? And you lot aren't? Forgotten Sarah Fergusson? You are right - no money to back it up over here...

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