England 2018 World Cup bid sponsor Morrisons is exploring the possibility of suing FIFA for compensation for what it called an ‘unfair’ decision making process as well as calling on the governing body to invest £1m into grass roots football.
Their actions come after Russia was awarded the 2018 World Cup with England picking up just two of the 22 votes in the first round. Now the company’s lawyers in Switzerland, home to FIFA’s HQ, are to ‘examine options’ over whether there is a case to be answered for.
Morrisons chief executive Dalton Philips has written to FIFA president Sepp Blatter regarding their decision to take the World Cup to new areas with Qatar winning the 2022 tournament bid.
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."