World Cup - FIFA member: Media ruined England bid
Junji Ogura, who was thought to favour England's bid to host the 2018 tournament, was impressed by a presentation in Zurich that included David Beckham, Prince William and prime minister David Cameron.
He said that investigations by the Sunday Times and the BBC's Panorama programme had irretrievably harmed the country's chances however.
"I thought England was a very strong candidate," Ogura told the BBC. "Their presentation was one of the best presentations.
"But I think there was a big influence from the BBC and the Sunday Times. These reports possibly influenced people. It made damage for some people."
Russia was chosen to host with England crashing out of the contest in the first round with only two votes, including that of former FA chairman Geoff Thompson.
England bid chief Andy Anson said he had been told that FIFA president Sepp Blatter gave a private address to the members of the executive committee before voting took place, reminding them of the investigations and the "evil of the media".
"I think that was unhelpful - the last thing those guys hear before they go and tick the box is the 'evil of the media'," Anson said. "That is not helpful and actually inaccurate.
"I was told by someone who was in the room that that's the last thing they were told by Sepp Blatter. There was a final sum-up before they voted and I think it was at the beginning of that. That's not helpful to our cause."
Surprisingly it is also reported that the second member to vote in favour of England was African football president Issa Hayatou, the subject of one of the probes into irregularities.
Asked whether he had voted for England, Ogura replied: "I cannot say anything. It's totally complicated. Nobody will say which country they voted for."