27 Oct 2010

England lodge complaint against bid rival Russia

7:24 am on 27 October 2010

England's 2018 World Cup bid team has lodged a formal complaint against the leader of the rival Russian delegation over critical comments attributed to him.

England's complaint centres around Alexei Sorokin's comments about London's high crime rate and the levels of alcohol consumption, which break a rule forbidding competing nations from making comments about rival bidders.

Sorokin has offered to send a formal letter to FIFA, and the English bid if necessary, to explain what he describes as a misunderstanding.