Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Russians blast back at England chiefs over 2018 World Cup bid

The war of words between England and Russia's 2018 World Cup bids has intensified with England being called “absolutely primitive” by the honorary president of the Russian Football Union for their decision to make a formal complaint to FIFA about their bid rivals.

Viacheslav Koloskov, a former member of FIFA and UEFA's executive committees, said England “were afraid of how badly their bid is going”.

He said: “I think it's a raising of tensions, and an attempt to in some way influence the work of our bidding team. The behaviour of the English is absolutely primitive. Instead of talking about their own merits, they try to put off their opponents.”