Dutch PM calls FIFA boss about World Cup bid
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has called FIFA President Sepp Blatter about the Holland-Belgian bid for the 2018 football World Cup. The prime minister reported the phone call on his Twitter page.
Mr Rutte tried to convince the FIFA chair that the two countries are ready and keen to host the World Cup. He told Mr Blatter that: “The Netherlands and Belgium are extremely motivated, and capable of organising a fantastic World Cup”.
On Wednesday, FIFA published an executive summary on the candidates for the 2018 tournament. The report listed a number of criticisms about the Holland-Belgium bid, including too few hotel rooms and training venues, concerns about the idea of co-hosting - which is seen as 'a challenge', and a lack of government guarantees.
FIFA will announce the 2018 World Cup location on 2 December. The other candidates are Russia, England and Spain/Portugal. The 2014 World Cup will be held in Brazil.
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