Boris Johnson was there. He was one of the English contingent lobbying to host the 2010 World Cup. In the Daily Telegraph, this is his story. “Looking back, I can remember clearly when I first had an inkling of the disaster. It was the night before the fatal vote in 2010, and we in the England delegation were summoned to that swanky Zurich hotel where the Fifa hierarchs like to do their deals.
It must have been about 10pm. Somewhere upstairs the Prime Minister was schmoozing a series of mendacious figures from the world of international football. Prince William was on another doomed mission somewhere else. I found myself in a dimly lit bar, drinking beer with Gary Lineker and Fabio Capello, while keeping an eye on the door.
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