Vladimir Putin is a sly devil and no mistake. The Independent reports that Vyacheslav Koloskov of the Russian bid team for the 2018 World Cup has revealed that Putin had direct talks in the weeks before the FIFA meeting with at least a third of the executive; that would be seven members (and votes). The same number that coincidentally went back on promises to vote for the England bid. Bit of a giveaway, that.
Putin subsequently went all snotty about David Cameron, Prince William and David Beckham assisting with the England presentation.
Meanwhile, Jack Warner complains about the British media having insulted the FIFA executive by publishing allegations of skullduggery and this having led to members not voting for the England bid. Erm, I think we've established that there has been skullduggery, Jack! (Looks like a duck, quacks like a duck etc etc).
Now, if only Wikileaks can get hold of the paperwork...