Russia's Prime Minister - Vladimir Putin has been invited at the behest of Mr. Jack Warner, of the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, for a Caribbean vacation in order to celebrate Russia's recent win in gaining FIFA's confidence to host the 2018, world Cup Football tournament.
Mr. Warner has said, "I am not too surprised about Russia winning the (World Cup) bid. Russia for the World Cup is virgin territory because the tournament has never gone to Eastern Europe," (Newsday)
According to the Trinidad Newsday newspaper, Warner felt that the English bid was hindered by their media, and it was unfortunate that their efforts proved futile.
England would not be in contention for the 2026 World Cup since there is an unwritten rule that eight years must pass before the tournaments returns to the region it was last held in.
FIFA's Vice President, Jack Warner, said that he had said to Mr. Putin, that if his country had secured the win to host the World Cup then he must visit Trinidad and Tobago in celebration.
Mr. Jack Warner is a citizen of the republic, and a Member of Parliament within that state's government.
Sister isle Tobago, is tourism oriented economy and any positive press in terms of President Vladimir Putin visiting on vacation would add positively to the tourism product.
According to Warner, in the Newsday, the best presentations made were by England and Qatar to FIFA. Qatar was a winner because their presentation was second to a super presentation made by England.
He also acknowledged the effort and hard work put in by the England team, but stated that their media did not do justice to that bid.
The Following excerpt from the Trinidadian Guardian:
Three days before the vote, BBC's Panorama programme accused three Fifa members of bribery and also alleged Fifa vice-president Warner tried to supply ticket touts. The programme followed the Sunday Times investigation which saw six Fifa senior officials banned for a number of offences including corruption. Warner said: "Suffice it to say that the Fifa ExCo as a body could not have voted for England having been insulted by their media in the worst possible way at the same time. To do so would have been the ultimate insult [to Fifa]." trinidadguardian
According to mirrorfootball, Mr. Jack Warner had divulge to a close friend where he had placed his vote, because he thought their presentation was a good one. He also said he had honoured his promise.