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Beckham urges to 'trust' FIFA

Wed 1st Dec 2010 | FIFA

David Beckham insists he has "trust" in FIFA to judge England's 2018 World Cup bid on its merits ahead of Thursday's vote in Zurich.

Many believe that England’s hopes of hosting the World Cup in 2018 have been diminished after a long line of gaffes and allegations of bribery and corruption against FIFA officials. But Beckham remained upbeat; "I think that we can trust every one of the members.

"They are football people and they are going to want a World Cup in the best country that they think could host the biggest sporting event in the world."

Beckham who is in Zurich, along with Prince William and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, stressed the importance that the bid committee kept lobbying until the very end.

The 22 voting members of FIFA will take to the ballot tomorrow to decide who will host the World Cup and Beckham believes that England are still in with a chance.

The England bid team has criticised the decision by the BBC to broadcast the Panorama programme on Monday, only three days before the vote to decide the host of the 2018, as well as the 2022, World Cup finals.

Allegations of corruption were made against FIFA vice-presidents Jack Warner and Issa Hayatou among others, although the pair provided encouraging signs for England's bid on Tuesday.

"The prime minister understands the importance and power of football," said Warner.

"He reiterated his government's commitment to the World Cup and spoke extensively about England's legacy programme.

"Over the last decade England has supported all federations in their development activities and I commend the prime minister and the Football Association."

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