Manchester's disappointment at World Cup announcement

Spinningfields after the World Cup bid Former Manchester United star Pat Crerand said the vote decision was a "crying shame."

Football fans in Manchester watched with disappointment as Fifa announced that England would not host the 2018 World Cup.

People had gathered in Spinningfields as Fifa president Sepp Blatter declared that Russia would host the contest.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, of Manchester City Council, said he was "extremely disappointed" by the decision.

Had England won the bid, Old Trafford and the City of Manchester stadium were expected to host matches.

Manchester City legend Mike Summerbee, who was at Spinningfields for the announcement, said: "I am very disappointed. I thought we had turned it round."

'Crying shame'

He added: "David Cameron, Prince William and David Beckham did a very good job and so did the young lad from Manchester Eddie Afekafe.

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The city will continue to play its part in hosting world-class sporting events, such as the Rugby League World Cup in 2013”

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"Both the Manchester clubs and the council had really got behind the bid. It's just very difficult to take."

Paddy Crerand, former Manchester United player, added: "It's a crying shame. England had all the right facilities. I can remember 1966 and it was a very exciting time."

Dr Brian Sloan, of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said they were disappointed that the bid had been unsuccessful.

"England 2018 had presented a strong bid, backed by the world class stadia of Old Trafford and Eastlands here in Manchester," he said.

"Obviously the economic benefits to the city would have been significant, particularly for Manchester's thriving tourism and hospitality sector, which is well-equipped to cater for an influx of fans.

"Nevertheless the city will continue to play its part in hosting world-class sporting events, such as the Rugby League World Cup in 2013."

Mr Amesbury, the council's executive member for culture and leisure, said the council would continue to try to attract sporting events, "as a driver for economic regeneration and job creation".

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