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Football Euro 2000: FIFA' INSULT' OUR BID.

FORMER sports minister Tony Banks has accused FIFA of insulting English football by leaking a report which ranked England's soccer facilities below those of South Africa.

"I don't believe they believe that even in South Africa," he said. "But it's all par for the course for the FIFA inspection team. If this is true, they probably believe Elvis Presley is alive and living on the moon.

"It is a studied insult to the whole of English football."

The FIFA report is a new blow to England's hopes of hosting the 2006 World Cup.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 1, 2000
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