Alexey SOROKIN, the chief executive of Russia's successful bid to stage the 2018 World Cup, is surprised by the backlash against FIFA following Thursday's vote and insisted: "When you sign up to a certain set of rules you have to abide by them."
Graham Taylor believes that a perception of England as "arrogant" and "know-alls" ended their hopes of winning the 2018 World Cup but thinks their dismal showing in the voting could prompt investigations into the running of Fifa.
There will be 13 grounds used in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Here is a brief guide:
THE World Cup feels as remote as it has ever done for Scotland, following yesterday's announcement in Zurich that the 2018 and 2022 tournaments will be staged in Russia and Qatar respectively, with the former coming at England's expense.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter reignited the debate over the birthplace of football yesterday by insisting Scotland and England were both responsible for constituting the game.
Within seconds of the announcement that Qatar would be hosting the 2022 World Cup, the car horns of the vehicles that swarmed on to the capital Doha's congested roads were tooting their approval. How this tiny state of 1.7 million people got arguably the world's most prestigious sporting event remains, however, something of a mystery.
THE World Cup decision sparked a mass of online reaction from the famous and not so famous. Here's a selection . . .
ENGLAND'S bid to host the 2018 football World Cup ended in humiliation yesterday after the tournament was awarded to Russia for the first time.
Russia's World Cup will be held in 16 stadiums across 13 host cities with Moscow taking centre stage.
England 2018's bid leaders claimed FIFA members broke their promises as bitter recriminations began over the first-round exit that saw Russia triumph.