Dutch PM calls FIFA president about World Cup bid

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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has called FIFA Chairman Sepp Blatter about the Dutch-Belgian bid for the 2018 World Cup football. The prime minister reported the phone call on his Twitter page

Mr Rutte tried to persuade the FIFA chair that the two countries are ready 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 World Cup. The report listed a number of criticisms about the Holland-Belgium bid, including too few hotel rooms, training venues, the concept of co-hosting - which is seen as 'a challenge' - and a lack of government guarantees. The FIFA will announce on 2 December where the 2018 World Cup will be held. The other candidates include Russia, England and Spain/Portugal. The 2014 World Cup will be held in Brazil.

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