The UK are set to DITCH plans to host the 2030 World Cup with Ireland as the FA have no desire to enter a race they can’t win, with European allies likely to refuse to back bid after fans’ behaviour at Euro 2020 final

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  • UK plans for 2030 World Cup unlikely to be revealed until April
  • The FA are unwilling to enter a race their chances of winning are very low.
  • Politics and bad sentiment towards Britain after Brexit could hurt the bid
  • There are also fears that violence could be a hindrance in the Euro 2020 final

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We are unlikely to know whether the UK and Ireland go ahead with a joint bid to host the World Cup 2030 until April at the earliest.

However, many people are convinced that they already know the answer: no. Why?


Well, why would you enter a race that has no chance of winning? The carrot is a good reason to have secured a government investment of up to £550 million in grassroots football as part of a joint UK and Ireland gaming plan to explore the merits of the bid, albeit in two legs. There is a reluctance to jump immediately.

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FA unlikely to make its decision on hosting 2030 World Cup until April

Indeed, Whitehall is committed to spending £2.8 million in public funding to conduct a feasibility study in any possible bid, with the Home Nations Football Association all right to end the avenues.

We will not know conclusively whether the UK and Ireland confirm their status as host contenders until the study is completed during the second quarter of 2022.

Nevertheless, the fact that even some figures within English football are questioning the need for an investigation of around £3million indicates the expected direction of travel.

In his view any bid from the UK and Ireland would be doomed to failure.

The feasibility study will focus on six areas: the budget and cost segmentation for the tournament, FIFA standards, safety, governance and stadiums in five countries in relation to the socio-economic benefits of holding a major competition.

The outrageous reaction to England's bid for the 2018 World Cup has left a poor appetite this time

The outrageous reaction to England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup has left a poor appetite this time

Finally, and arguably most relevant, the study will focus on ‘winability’ – whether there is actually a realistic chance of winning.

If it is decided that there is a chance, the FA has a strong will to move forward; Understandable with £550million investment at stake.

However, this is a huge ‘if’. Standing as a candidate to host the World Cup 2018, England accumulated two votes and were eliminated in the first round of voting.

It was a humiliating test for everyone involved; No one associated with British football wants to suffer again.

And sources claim sentiment towards English football certainly hasn’t improved over that 11-year period – certainly not enough to offer a real chance of winning.

Gareth Southgate's men won Euro 2020.  I have already enjoyed a handful of games on home soil.

Gareth Southgate’s men won Euro 2020. I have already enjoyed a handful of games on home soil.

Why? various reasons; Politics at its very heart.

The post-Brexit attitude towards Britain is emerging as a factor. A good source said, ‘Why would other European countries vote for us when we distance ourselves from them?’

Another consideration is the strong economic stability of English football, or perhaps more accurately, the instability of other global leagues.

With the TV rights to English football being among the most lucrative broadcast contracts on the planet, it is clear that other countries need the social and economic benefits of hosting the World Cup more than the UK and Ireland.

However, the trouble that ruined the Euro 2020 final dealt a fatal blow to Britain’s United bid has been called an exaggeration.

Shameful scenes of drug abuse and urinating in public may not have helped, but UEFA is clear that the massacre at Wembley on 11 July will not be a determining factor.

Fans' behavior at Euro 2020 final at Wembley could affect sentiments towards bid

Fans’ behavior at Euro 2020 final at Wembley could affect sentiments towards bid

Nevertheless, early voting power from Europe appears to be resting in a possible joint bid from Spain and Portugal.

but it is indicated sportsmail That Spain’s involvement in an effort to break up the European Super League (ESL) earlier this year could work in the UK and Ireland’s favor if it comes to a point where UEFA members have to decide which one before the final FIFA vote. Bid has to be selected.

Of course, the Premier League elite hardly covered themselves in glory during the ESL coup – but as this paper revealed in April, UEFA wrote to the English FA asking them to help ease the breakaway effort. Thanks for doing.

However, it is likely that UEFA will prefer a single European bid; President Alexander Ceferin is wary of the prospect of the seven affiliated members going face-to-face.

Spain and Portugal's joint bid preferred to be placed ahead of Europe

Spain and Portugal’s joint bid preferred to be placed ahead of Europe

If the UK and Ireland are encouraged to bid for Euro 2028, can they be persuaded to walk away? Maybe, but sources claimed on Tuesday that their next best opportunity to host a major tournament would be the European Championships in 2032.

But it seems the governing body of European football would prefer to settle the UK and Ireland and Spain and Portugal among themselves.

The home nation FA will hold talks with UEFA representatives in the coming weeks to see how the ground holds up. But smart money is running away from Britain and Ireland.


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