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Cameron attacks murky Fifa politics

David Cameron has attacked the "murky" world of football governance - saying publicly that he was personally misled by a number of Fifa executives over England's failed 2018 World Cup bid.

The Prime Minister said some reneged on assurances that they would support the bid - which eventually received only two of the 22 votes available.

He gave only a lukewarm welcome to assurances by Fifa chief executive Sepp Blatter that he would set up an anti-corruption unit.

"We had a great bid - technically I think by far the best bid and I think the presentation we made was compelling," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"I definitely had a number of those Fifa executives who looked me in the eye and shook my hand and said 'don't worry, we're with you'.

"I'm afraid that the world of football governance is rather murky in that way."

Mr Cameron, who travelled twice to Zurich to help front the bid, added: "It was sad to lose and yes, some people definitely were not straight with us."

Asked about Mr Blatter's anti-corruption efforts, he said: "I think we will have to judge that by the results."

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