England '18 WC bid gets government backing
England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup secured Tuesday the
government backing it needs to be considered by the world soccer
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the heads of government departments have signed guarantees worth $487 million. It commits the country to providing the necessary finance and infrastructure should England win the right to host the tournament.
The guarantees include tax, visas and security.
England 2018 bid chairman David Triesman says the guarantees are "testament to the government's commitment to bringing the World Cup to England."
The United States, England, Australia, Japan, Russia, Netherlands-Belgium and Spain-Portugal are bidding to host both World Cups. Qatar, Indonesia and South Korea are bidding for 2022 only, believing Europe is favored for 2018 under FIFA's wish to rotate the event across continents.
The bids must be submitted to FIFA in May, with a decision on the hosting rights on Dec. 2.
The English bid team will announce host cities on Wednesday.