World Cup 2018: England to pull out of Thailand friendly in protest, after humiliating bid defeat

World Cup 2018: England to pull out of Thailand friendly in protest, after humiliating bid defeat - Daily Telegraph, December 3, 2010
...However, for two months it had been clear that Makudi had no intention of supporting England in the vote.
In September, Telegraph Sport revealed that Makudi was part of a vote-trading alliance between Spain-Portugal and Qatar that he was highly unlikely to abandon.
Last month he telephoned Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards, who is also chair of the Club England board, to ask if the game would be honoured even if he did not vote for England...
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