Morrisons: 2018 World Cup sponsor seeking compensation

One of the sponsors of England's failed 2018 World Cup bid has called on FIFA to give £1million to grass-roots football as compensation for an "unfair" bidding process.

Supermarket chain Morrisons have also instructed lawyers in Switzerland, where FIFA are based, to "examine options" over whether compensation can be claimed.

Morrisons chief executive Dalton Philips has written to FIFA president Sepp Blatter saying the bidding process was not fair because the world governing body were intent on taking the World Cup to countries which had never staged it before - Russia were named as 2018 hosts and Qatar will stage the 2022 tournament.

Richard Taylor, Morrisons director of corporate affairs and communications, said: "The FA team put together a fantastic bid. On behalf of our customer we are disappointed that the merits of the bid were not recognised by FIFA, which clearly was intent on locating the 2018 World Cup in an emerging country.

"As we think the decision-making process was unfair, we have instructed lawyers in Switzerland to examine our options under Swiss law.

"We hope FIFA will do the right thing and offer 1million to be invested in grassroots football."

England 2018 leaders accused FIFA members of telling lies about their voting intentions after being knocked out in the first round with just two of the 22 votes.

FIFA have also been subject to allegations that England, the United States and Australia all suffered from "playing straight".

Blatter last week said England were guilty of being "bad losers".

Blatter said: "I was surprised by all the English complaining after the defeat. England, of all people, the motherland of fair play ideas. Now some of them are showing themselves to be bad losers."

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