Monday, 1 October 2007

Honest John?

I see that John O'Neill has offered a full and frank apology for his "we all hate England" comments last week...NOT.

His latest comments are: "No one likes England. If they want further proof, how do they think France won the right to host this World Cup? It’s simple. No one would vote for England and they were the only other country in the running. The only votes England could be assured of back then were their own. Sadly, this is all a by-product of their born-to-rule mentality. It’s been there for a long time now and nothing has changed."

So, rather than consider a bid to host the World Cup on its merits, O'Neill is saying that he and the other IRB delegates voted against the English bid on the basis of anti-English prejudice. I'm not for one minute suggesting that this World Cup should have been awarded to England - France deserved to host the tournament and (the farming out of games to the Celts aside) has done a fantastic job. However, if what O'Neill has said is even remotely true then not only does it reflect very poorly on O'Neill and his fitness to do the job he's very well paid for, it also exposes the IRB committee for the amateurish bunch of freeloaders we already know they are and calls into question yet again the process for selecting World Cup venues.

No doubt O'Neill's comments will be fully investigated and the appropriate action taken although I, for one, won't be holding my breath.

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