LONDON (AP) — Sebastian Coe says in his book that FIFA President Sepp Blatter once described English soccer as being “run by idiots.”
Coe, who ran the London Olympics, chaired FIFA’s ethics committee before working on England’s failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup.
In his new autobiography, Coe says Blatter “has always had a problem with the English game.”
According to Coe, Blatter once said to him: “Your game is run by idiots. It’s not run by bright people.”
England’s 2018 bid received just two votes, with Russia winning the hosting rights.
Coe says, “my instinct was that Blatter always wanted Russia.”