EXCLUSIVE: Failed World Cup bid cost £22m
Published 23:00 10/10/11 By Martin Fricker
England's flop bid to host the 2018 World Cup cost a staggering £22million, it has emerged.
FA chiefs spent £12.7million on the campaign in the year before they were snubbed by Fifa.
Bid directors were then given “golden goodbye” bonuses totalling £500,000 despite landing just two votes, accounts revealed.
Russia was awarded the 2018 tournament while Qatar won the 2022 bid.
The directors’ report states: “This was a huge disappointment for the FA and English football generally. The company was unsuccessful and as a result has now ceased to trade.”
The top-earning director, whose name is not given, earned £800,000 last year. They got a £500,000 basic salary, £50,000 in pension payments and a £250,000 bonus.
Six other directors shared a further £230,000 farewell pay-off between themselves in January – a month after learning the had bid flopped.
The seven included London 2012 Olympics chief Lord Coe, ex MP Lord Mawhinney and News International executive and former Chelsea PR chief Simon Greenberg.
Former FA chairman Lord Triesman stood down before the result after accusing Spain and Russia of corruption.
They were paid more than £2.5million during the effort, which began in November 2007.
The bid’s technical report cost £3million, later described by chief executive Andy Anson as “money down the drain”.
Money went on wining and dining Fifa officials at Downing Street and flying them to potential host cities all over England during a four-day stay.
More cash was spent hiring detectives to spy on rival bidders. Plain-clothed investigators stayed in hotels in Switzerland where Fifa officials were being lobbied.
The directors resigned on January 6 after the results ceremony in December.
They were humiliated in Zurich when told they had secured just two votes – one from FA board member Geoff Thompson. Prime Minister David Cameron described the process as “murky”.
The figures are revealed in the company accounts of England 2018/2022 Bidding Nation Ltd, which has ceased trading.