London mayor Boris Johnson has withdrawn the offer of a free stay at a famous top London hotel for all FIFA executives during the 2012 Olympics.
In a move that appears to be a side-swipe at football's ruling body following the vote by FIFA to grant the World Cup venue in 2018 to Russia and not England, Mr Johnson has removed free hotel accommodation that had been awarded to Sepp Blatter, FIFA president and his team at the Dorchester Hotel.
Free hotel rooms are handed out by an Olympic organising committee called Locog, whose chairman is Sebastian Coe. Mr Johnson had contacted Mr Coe and discussed with him the removal of the free complimentary hotel stays.
Mr Johnson had travelled to Zurich on Thursday to support the England bid to host the world's biggest sporting event. David Beckham, Prime minister David Cameron and Prince William worked tirelessly to promote the England 2018 campaign and had also received personal assurances from at least five FIFA executives promising to back the England bid. After the voting procedure had ended the England bid received just two votes from the 22-strong panel.
The FA in England have already cancelled a friendly international, due to be played in the summer of 2011 against Thailand. A game they had arranged to appease FIFA as part of the bid campaign. Mr Johnson had said, "We put together a cracking bid, our technical specification was top-notch and our stadiums would have been packed to the rafters."
England's bid has left the footballing world mystified as to why their venue was not chosen despite a bid that had received a joint-strongest rating in Fifa's technical report.
The Dorchester Hotel offers rooms of exceptional grace and comfort, all providing views over Hyde Park or the hotel’s landscaped terraces, as reported by the BBC London news. The suites range in size from the Junior and Stanhope Suites to the generous Dorchester Suites and the famous Oliver Messel Suite. Bathrooms are welcoming and spacious, offering an exceptional combination of style and function, and are said to have the deepest baths in London.