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A British bid to host the World Cup in 2030 has moved another step closer with a strong endorsement from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.

Following the 2026 tournament, which will be held in USA, Canada and Mexico, Ceferin is keen for the bid to come from the whole of the UK rather than just England.

'A UK bid for 2030 would be a wise idea,' he said. 'The infrastructure is very good and in a way if more countries join the bid there is more chance to win. I think after all these years, it's time for that part of Europe to get the World Cup.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says England hosting the 2030 World Cup would be 'wise'

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says England hosting the 2030 World Cup would be 'wise'

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'I don't doubt the quality of the bid, but the only thing I will insist is that we have only one European bid. I don't want Europe to be divided because of the World Cup.'

The FA are spending a year on a feasibility study before deciding whether to bid again after doomed campaigns for the 2018 and 2006 World Cups, but the momentum behind a combined British bid is already looking unstoppable.

 

UEFA have a deserved reputation for organising the Champions League tournament in a professional way, but they let themselves down with the shambolic interview zone after the Champions League draw, when not a single representative from an English club talked to the written Press.

Manchester United representative Bryan Robson was prepared to do so but none of the legion of UEFA flunkeys was on hand to direct him to where the Press were standing.

 

The ridiculous amount of time that Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has spent prevaricating on his job offer from AC Milan is not just affecting the two clubs. It has also been disrespectful to Roma whose CEO Umberto Gandini is expected to return to Milan to work with Gazidis if he leaves Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Christian Purslow must be serious about his new role as chief executive of Aston Villa, having taken a minority stake in the club.

The former Liverpool CEO has spent the last year playing golf and travelling since leaving Chelsea, where he headed their commercial operation, but Purslow couldn't resist the challenge of helping Villa return to the Premier League after he got a call from owner Nassef Sawiris.

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been considering an offer from AC Milan

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been considering an offer from AC Milan

 

The strange lay-out at the Ageas Bowl, with England players staying in hotel rooms on the same floor as the broadcasting suites, led to Alastair Cook walking into the Radio 5 Live booth by mistake after play on the first day, just as Simon Hughes and Eleanor Oldroyd were picking apart the top order's inept first-innings batting display in the fourth Test against India. Cook was not amused.

 

Ronaldo's award strop

Football agent Jorge Mendes made a shameless attempt to justify his diva client Cristiano Ronaldo snubbing UEFA by pulling out of the Champions League draw ceremony just hours before the event.

Ronaldo won UEFA forward of the season and best goal but was still upset at not being named player of the year in a vote by Champions League and Europa League coaches plus journalists. The winner was Luka Modric, his Real Madrid team-mate last season.

Cristiano Ronaldo didn't attend the Champions League draw in Monaco on Thursday night

Cristiano Ronaldo didn't attend the Champions League draw in Monaco on Thursday night

Mendes, who walked out of the draw hall in Monaco claiming he had transfer business, later called Ronaldo coming second to Modric 'ridiculous and shameful', adding: 'He carried Real Madrid through the competition.'

On Friday, Mendes just shrugged his shoulders when asked to explain Ronaldo's behaviour — and it was Juventus rather than the agent who informed UEFA that Ronaldo would not attend.

 

It seems that Notts County concurred with the Sports Agenda comment this week about the absurdity of appointing BT Sport commentator Darren Fletcher as their vice-chairman with responsibility to oversee the football department.

Fletcher stood down on Friday following the appointment of Harry Kewell as the League Two club's new manager.

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