World Cup - Paper Round: Papers fume at decision

Fri, 03 Dec 09:01:00 2010

Paper Round gives you a break from the usual transfer tittle-tattle to give you the British newspapers' reaction to England's failed World Cup bid.

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It's strong stuff, with many of the papers crying foul play in the bidding process. Here is what they have been saying.

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Daily Mirror

Front page: Sold

Back page: Our only friend in the world (with a picture of Cameroon's Issa Hayatou)

Summary: The Mirror rhetorically asks on its front page: "Russia, a Mafia state rotten to core with corruptions. Qatar, a medieval kingdom with no freedom of speech. Both are swimming in oil money. How on earth did they persuade the dodgy fat cats of FIFA to give them the World Cup?" The back page has a picture of Hayatou who is said to be the only man (other than the FA's Geoff Thompson) who voted for England despite being one of the men named in Panorama's probe.

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The Sun

Front page: FIFA bungs Russia the World Cup

Back page: Fixed

Summary: The Sun claims that Russia knew they had the World Cup 24 hours before the decision was made and were bragging to England that it was all sorted.

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The Guardian

Front page: Cheer up Becks, at least England didn't go out on penalties

Sports page: The man who got what he wanted

Paper Round gives you a break from the usual transfer news to give you the British newspapers' reaction to England's failed World Cup. - 2 Summary: The front page of The Guardian's sport section is just a picture of Sepp Blatter holding the World Cup and the heading "The man who got what he wanted" with no further text. Blatter was believed to favour both the Russia and Qatar bids.

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The Times

Front page: Frozen out – Britain under the weather as England's World Cup bid gets just two votes

Back page: End of the world for England

Summary: No blame game from The Times, who say that the bad weather in Britain summed up the nation's mood.

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The Daily Telegraph

Front page: England humiliated as World Cup goes to Russia

Back Page: Disaster – England crash out with just two votes; Disgrace - Desert State smaller than Manchester triumphs

Summary: The Telegraph calls England's performance a disaster but argues that Qatar getting the 2022 event is the real "disgrace".

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Daily Mail

Front page: World Cup: Was it a stitch-up?

Back page: They smiled, shook hands and promised to vote for England…they lied

Summary: The Daily Mail says that the World Cup decision has "sparked a bitter new 'Cold War' with Russia".

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Independent

Front page: A day of two halves

Back page: England fear foul play after World Cup humiliation

Summary: The Independent reminds everyone it was a mixed day for Vladimir Putin who has once again been the subject of leaked cables from US diplomats.

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Daily Express

Front page: World Cup? England never had a chance. It was a stitch-up

Back page: Humiliated

Summary: The phrase "stitch-up" is used on both the front and back page as the Express make their feelings known.

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Daily Star

Front page: Cup bid is Vladi stitch-up

Back page: What a fix

Summary: The Star are also claiming that Russia knew they had the World Cup 24 hours before the decision was announced.

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