Gulati: U.S. is "Looking very seriously" at WC 2018 Bid

The English FA might want to get something in writing from Jack Warner guaranteeing his backing for their World Cup bid in return for Wednesday nights' England/T&T friendly.

The problem is that on Thursday morning, after the team plane leaves Port of Spain, Jack will have the money in his pocket and SUNIL GULATI TO DEAL WITH.

If, as expected, the US enters a bid for the 2018 WC, it will represent not only CONCACAF's lone entry in the Sweepstakes de FIFA but also perhaps Jack's last chance for a major score before following Sepp Blatter into luxurious retirement, since a World Cup in CONCACAF puts Jack and Chuck Blazer in a prime position to really rake in the bucks.

Additionally, Sunil Gulati and USSF are fully aware of Warner's shenanigans and have long chosen to look the other way as long as his corrupt antics didn't infringe on our goals.

But Jack Warner backing an England bid over a US bid would put him squarely at odds with the US, and that's not a place Jack wants to be.

So like I said, the FA may want to try and get Jack on the record sometime before the game kicks off, because after the final whistle they'll be depending on Warner's sense of honor.

And we all know how far that will get you.

I think THIS IS LONDON sums it up nicely this morning:

"US line up World Cup bid - so what's the point of playing Trinidad & Tobago?"

In other FIFA news the EU. voting earlier today, formally approved the UEFA/Michael Platini proposal regarding so-called "home grown" players, in an attempt to reach a compromise with Sepp Blatter's pet "6+5" proposal.

With "6+5" due for a vote on Friday at the FIFA Congress in Sydney (the five star restaurants and top-shelf hookers are having a good week in Australia), Platini is hoping Blatter will back down from the ugly confrontation which is looming, but with Sepp apparently still buying votes, as he did yesterday when he agreed to shelf the "High Altitude Ban" it's apparent that he intends to take this all the way.

Also, as I noted yesterday the dispute over the Iraq ban is still going on and took a puzzling but ominous turn earlier today.

The Iraq Council of Ministers sent FIFA a letter explaining that the Iraq Foootball Association (IFA) would retain it's current leadership in the face of the call for nr ew elections for the other Iraq sport federations.

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Mohamed Bin Hammam, however, said that FIFA "will stand in solidarity" with the Iraq Olympic committee and would not lift the ban on Iraq unless the government reinstated the entire spectrum of national sport authorities.

Since there is no possibility that the Iraqi government is going to back down any further, particularly on an issue which is none of FIFA's business, how this is going to get resolve dprior to Sunday's match with Australia is anyone's guess.

Meanwhile in the Land of Make Believe (otherwise known, apparently, as South Africa) the national Police Commissioner PROMISES THAT CRIME WILL NOT BE A PROBLEM IN SA BY THE TIME THE 2010 WORLD CUP COMES ALONG

How will he accomplish this feat? Simple: by lowering "the crime rate year-by-year by between seven and ten percent,"

Well, I'm glad we've settled that.