England FA chairman Greg Dyke said his organization will not bid on hosting the World Cup in the coming years and will instead focus on bidding for UEFA tournaments, reports The Guardian.
Dyke made the comments on Tuesday to the Culture Media and Sport select committee in Parliament.
He criticized FIFA and president Sepp Blatter, who announced earlier this year that he would run for a fifth term as FIFA president. He compared a FIFA congress meeting from earlier this year to "something out of North Korea," and suggested England wouldn't bid on FIFA tournaments unless soccer's governing body reformed itself.
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But Dyke said pulling out of FIFA entirely would be too radical of a move.
"Hopefully a new president coming in would take a look at the whole structure," Dyke said. "A lot of the European FAs made it clear they didn’t support Blatter but I’m afraid from the rest of the world he has overwhelming support."
England has hosted a World Cup just once in its history, in 1966. It bid to host the 2018 World Cup, but FIFA chose Russia instead, prompting a flurry of criticism from the FA.
England is currently competing with Germany to host the final and semifinals of the 2020 European Championship.
Dyke also stated his belief that the 2022 World Cup will be played in winter rather than summer due to Qatar's climate.
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- Ben Estes