June 4, 2008
WARNER'S WC GAMBIT
He wants England for 2018, U.S. for 2022
It looks like CONCACAF president Jack Warner, one of international soccer's biggest controversial figures, is at it again.
Warner told the BBC Tuesday that the United States should forget about its plans to host the 2018 World Cup in favor of the 2022 tournament.
Warner said that he wants to champion England to host the world's greatest sporting spectacle in 10 years, but he admitted that it would be “political suicide” not to support the U.S. because he is the head of CONCACAF.
“I have to convince them not to bid,” Warner told the BBC. “It is easier for me to convince America to wait until 2022. . . . I have said to England that until America gets knocked out, that’s where my vote will have to go.”
FIFA president Sepp Blatter reportedly wants the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to be selected in 2011, which would be a first for the organization.
U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said the federation was still considering its options.
“As we have said consistently over the last few weeks, we are still in the process of reviewing a possible bid for the World Cup,” Gulati told the Associated Press through the USSF.
“Neither the comments made by FIFA regarding the possibility of a double tender for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups or recent comments attributed to any FIFA members or potential host candidates have caused us to diverge from this plan.”
England last hosted the World Cup in 1966, while the U.S. played host in 1994.