The FIFA Executive will receive reports on the qualities of the European bids for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the next few days.

Leaked reports suggest that there are positives and negatives on each bid but none big enough to win the bid or lose it.

Russia, with its vast size, has a problem with the transport of large numbers of spectators during the tournament and it needs to build 17 new stadia if it is successful.

There is concern that the country’s transport and IT infrastructure could present problems.

The experience of the joint hosting of the 2002 FIFA world Cup by Korea and Japan would possibly have been a serious negative for the Spain – Portugal and Netherlands – Belgium bids.  

England would seem to have the strongest technical bid with high quality infrastructure and stadia already in place.

But that is not how the process works.

A detailed technical report does not commit the 24, or maybe 22, members of the FIFA Executive Committee to vote for a certain bidder on 2nd December.

When allegations of corruption were made against two members of the FIFA Executive Committee, the FIFA President said the process of voting must be transparent.

The full Technical Reports will not be made public, however, and the voting will still be by secret ballot.

“Transparency” is an easy word to say but FIFA must demonstrate that it knows what it means by making the maximum amount of information available to the football public.

If not, questions will always be asked about the validity of the result.

Transparency should mean what it says on the label.

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