Portsmouth’s ‘lack of vision’ for 2018 World Cup

Portsmouth has pulled out of the battle to host part of
the potential FIFA 2018 World Cup action, citing financial
reasons.

The city was among 16 others in the
UK offering four locations for
potential training grounds and base camps for the event, in advance of the 26
November deadline. The games, should the UK win the bid,
could have brought £130m of business to the city and created thousands of
jobs.

Portsmouth Council’s leader, Councillor
Gerald Vernon-Jackson, says: “Although the FIFA World Cup is the biggest sporting
event in the world, it is a difficult balancing act between ambition and
cost.

“Given the current financial and legal uncertainties
associated with the 2018 World Cup, the council has voted against submitting a
bid for World
Cup Host City status.

“I am really sorry that the city council has shown a
lack of ambition and vision. I am disappointed by the lack of financial support
from the government, lottery and surrounding council areas, which would have all
benefited from Portsmouth’s host city status,” he
adds.

Fifteen other cities have submitted their applications,
including Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton
Keynes, Newcastle, Nottingham, Plymouth, Sheffield and Sunderland.

Meanwhile, Everton’s proposed new stadium in Kirkby,
which had been included in London’s bid submission, was rejected by the
Government yesterday.

Paul Colston

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