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England 2018 World Cup bid team stay optimistic before airing of television programme alleging corruption at FIFA

posted 29 Nov 2010, 08:48 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 29 Nov 2010, 08:51 ]

England's 2018 World Cup bid CEO Andy Anson tried to seem optimistic on Monday despite the airing of a television programme about corruption allegations at FIFA.

England's 2018 World Cup bid team, bracing for the airing of a British television documentary about alleged corruption in FIFA, said on Monday (November 29) that its chances would inevitably be affected, describing FIFA's executive committee as a brotherhood.

"Of course I'm disappointed with the timing, and it's certainly not going to win us any votes. So we just have to see what happens

tonight and move on. I, for one, won't be watching it, I've got other things to do," England's 2018 bid CEO Andy Anson said in Zurich, a few hours ahead of the BBC Panorama television programme.

He continued dismissing suggestions that England's bid was doomed, although he conceded they were "outsiders".

FIFA's executive committee -- currently reduced to 22 members after two were suspended earlier this month -- will decide on Thursday (December 2) the hosts of both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

England are up against Russia, Spain/Portugal and outsiders Belgium/Netherlands for the 2018 event.

Anson added: "It's a small group of 22 people, in a way it's a brotherhood of Executive Committee members. If you hurt one of them, of course it has an impact on the others. That's just inevitable…. I mean, any 22 people who work together and are close together and sit on a committee together, they're in it together, they're FIFA, they're one organisation. And of course if one of them gets hurt, the others feel it. That's just life."

Two executive committee members -- Reynald Temarii and Amos Adamu -- will miss the vote after being suspended following an investigation by the Sunday Times said they offered to sell their votes for cash.

FIFA are still to decide on a request from the Oceania Football Confederation to replace Tahiti's Temarii for Thursday's vote.