20 Nov 2010

Blatter praises Australian World Cup bid

12:40 pm on 20 November 2010

The head of world football has praised Australia's bid for the 2022 World Cup, suggesting the lack of controversy surrounding it to be a strength.

With voting for hosting rights to be decided in less than a fortnight on December 2 in Zurich, FIFA boss Sepp Blatter says Australia's lack of representation on the FIFA executive committee shouldn't harm its chances.

Following Oceania boss Reynald Temarii's banning this week from voting because of bribery allegations, Football Federation Australia was in need of some good news.

Australia is the only bidding country not represented on the 22-man executive committee that will determine the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments next month.

Blatter says he thinks it might not be a bad thing for Australia to free of such ties.