Saturday, 4th December 2010

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that the way FIFA chooses World Cup hosts must change and described the current system as "medieval". Wenger had backed the failed England bid, which managed to pick up just two votes as it was eliminated in the first round – even worse for England, one of those votes came from their own committee member.

"I think it is a somewhat medieval way of deciding", said Wenger. "Should the criteria be much more technical than human? One [way] would be a hundred different criteria of importance, put it all into a computer and see which emerges as the best."

The Arsenal boss also bemoaned the time England spent lobbying, stating, "it’s not good that our time was going there to lobby and say ‘please believe in us’. I wish it was a bit more technical."


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