England 2018 bid gets Fifa boost

FOOTBALL: England’s hopes of hosting the 2018 World Cup will be boosted by the publication of Fifa’s technical reports, which will categorise the bid as a low legal risk with a high potential financial return. Karren Brady, the West Ham United vice-chair who is also head of the 2018 advisory board, said yesterday the publication of the reports should help England’s bid refocus attention on its strong fundamentals. She said: “Our hope is that the executive committee’s vote is based purely around sporting credentials. If that is the case, we know we have a very strong chance. If it is based solely on that, we should win on 2 December.”