City proud after 2018 dream ends
- Thu 02 Dec 2010, 4:54PM
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Manchester City are disappointed but remain proud after FIFA’s decision to award the hosting of the 2018 World Cup to Russia.
The Club played its part in the England bid with significant support throughout the campaign ranging from hosting FIFA delegates at the stadium inspection in August, to Adam Johnson and Eddie Afekafe, City’s Social Inclusion manager visiting 10 Downing Street to meet Sepp Blatter in October.
Perhaps the most visible support for the bid was Eddie’s impressive and passionate presentation to the Committee in Zurich this morning which was based, quite simply, on how football has changed his life.
A successful bid would have seen the City of Manchester Stadium become one of the host venues, but despite a strong bid, Russia won the day.
Mike Summerbee, City's Club Ambassador and Ambassador for Manchester as a host city said,
“We are naturally disappointed to hear the news as we would have relished the honour of being a host for the World Cup Final. I’d like to extend my commiserations to the 2018 bid team and all who played their part in the campaign to bring the finals to England.
"I would also like to make special mention of Eddie Afekafe's contribution following his presentation to the FIFA committee today. We are immensely proud of him and indeed the City in the Community team all of whom make a difference to the lives of more than 200,000 people in the Manchester region year after year."