Feature: Inside Russia’s plot to buy the World Cup - big consequences for England

6 November 2019

Photo: Getty Images Vladimir Putin, President of Russia and FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter speak during the Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia at The Konstantin Palace on July 25, 2015 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Nature of FIFA contest a decade ago puts question mark over England's willingness to bid for World Cup 2030

Extraordinary dossier includes strategies for bribery, collusion and money laundering.

Ex-Mi6 source believed “such a document could never exist’; offthepitch.com has verified a number of details.

Individuals in document later received contracts from Gazprom.

Document’s co-author still serves on the FIFA Council.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

It was six months out from the vote to decide the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups that England’s bid team knew they were in serious trouble.

The date was 9 June 2010, the second day of FIFA Congress, the annual jamboree of world football’s 206 member associations. The venue was the Sandton Convention Centre, a conference venue that was built into a complex of hotels and a shopping arcade in Johannesburg’s wealthiest suburb.

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