A Cyberman (CyberMackem, shurely? – Ed) was spotted getting onside for England’s 2018 World Cup bid in Sunderland this week – the metallic foe of the Doctor was dressed in a Sunderland shirt by staff at the Doctor Who Exhibition at the Centre for Life in Newcastle.
The Fifa delegation, who ultimately decide which nation England will lose in, arrived in the region yesterday to visit Sunderland’s ground, the Stadium of Light andÂ St James Park, home of rivals Newcastle Utd.
The gesture was part of Wear Your Shirt To Work Day (a football shirt that is, otherwise it’s as empty a jesture as Use Your Pens Correctly Day was) giving fans a chance to show off their support (as if they needed to be asked) for England’s bid.
As the bid drew to a close today Fifa team leader Harold Mayne-Nicholls said:
“A World Cup in England in 2018 or 2022 would be a great experience with a long-lasting legacy.”
Though broadly complimentary about the transport, stadiums, security and the passion for football question marks were raised about accommodation as the bidding team are yet to organise the 60,000 hotel rooms necessary for the entourageÂ of teams, fans,Â WAG’s andÂ Garth CrooksÂ before the end of September deadline.
Before visiting our merry shores, the delegation travelled to rival bidders Russia, where doubts were raised about whether or not they would be ready as 14 of the 16 stadiums potentially playing host to the tournament are yet to be built.
The final verdict of who will host the World Cup in either 2018 or 2022 will be decided on 2nd December.
(via Sunderland Echo)