October 27, 2010 | In: Articles

Russia explain London comments

The head of the bid team behind Russia’s attempt to host the 2018 World Cup has sent a ‘letter of explanation’ to their English counterparts.

Fifa has been contacted by England’s representatives after they decided to lodge a formal complaint against Russian bid general director Alexei Sorokin.

The English were unimpressed with comments made by Sorokin in a Russian newspaper regarding the crime rate and alcohol consumption in London.

Sorokin claims the quotes were a misinterpretation and he has written to England’s bid team to settle the matter, although he insists the gesture was not an apology.

“We’ve sent a letter of explanation to the English bid officials,” said Sorokin.

He continued: “It wasn’t a formal apology because I don’t feel like I’ve broken any rules.

“I just expressed my regret over the whole thing, it was just a misunderstanding. All of us in the Russian bid team have a great deal of respect for our English colleagues and I’d like to think they respect us as well.

“I hope we can put this matter to rest for good now.”

Russia and England are bidding for the 2018 finals along with joint bids from Spain/Portugal and Belgium/Netherlands.

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