|Warner meets Cameron today |
Tuesday, November 30 2010
FIFA vice-president Jack Warner will meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron today in Zurich, Switzerland.
Cameron will be attempting to sway Warner as he tries to secure the rights to host the 2018 World Cup.
Prince William will also meet with Warner tomorrow as England, who have not hosted the World Cup since 1966, try to obtain his crucial vote.
Warner in a release on Sunday stated that he is still undecided as to which nation will get his vote for the 2018 World Cup. The English are in a close race with Spain-Portugal, Netherlands-Belgium and Russia.
The CONCACAF president recently described England’s bid as “impressive” but stated that the competition was stiff with all bidders.
“All nations have made impressive presentations. On December 2 it will come down to who is able to convince the Executive Committee. I am still undecided as to whom we will support, but the CONCACAF family will vote together” said Warner.
The FIFA vice-president will also meet with Russian President, Vladimir Putin who are considered front runners with England to host the 2018 World Cup.
Warner is also scheduled to meet former President of the United States, Bill Clinton who will be accompanied by academy award winning actor Morgan Freeman as well as chairman of the Qatar bid, Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al-Thani who are seeking to host the 2022 World Cup.
They are bidding along with Australia, Japan and South Korea. However, Warner has given the United States’ bid a massive boost by stating that CONCACAF will throw its support behind the USA for the 2022 World Cup.
“I have stated it openly and I will reiterate for the 2022 World Cup, the USA has CONCACAF’s full support” said Warner recently.
The bidding process came into sharp focus following an undercover investigation by the Sunday Times in October in which it was alleged that FIFA members Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii asked for money in return for voting on World Cup hosting rights.
Adamu, from Nigeria, was later suspended from all football activity by FIFA’s Ethics Committee for three years, while Tahitian Temarii received a one-year suspension. Both were also handed fines.
Therefore, 22 members of the FIFA Executive will now cast their vote on Thursday to decided who will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Yesterday, FIFA was hit by further corruption allegations when three senior officials were accused by European media of having received secret payments. Executive committee members Ricardo Teixeira of Brazil, Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay and Issa Hayatou of Cameroon were named as having allegedly received pay-offs from a marketing agency.