World Cup 2030 now ‘set for Spain and Portugal’ after shameful England scenes

England lost the Euro 2020 final to Italy on Sunday evening but considering the scenes before and after the match, that may not be the only thing the nation lost.

The violence, poor security, fan invasion of the pitch, several ticketless fans and racist abuse of players had led to them losing their favourites tag in the hope of securing the 2030 World Cup hosting rights.

There has been plenty of interest in hosting the 2030 World Cup, which will mark 100 years since the first World Cup.

The main interest is from South America, who have a joint bid from Uruguay (the first World Cup hosts), Argentina, Chile and Paraguay, the two Iberian nations Spain and Portugal, Morocco and a Great Britain and Ireland bid.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson backed a UK and Ireland World Cup bid earlier this year, but there may be problems considering the scenes surrounding the Euro 2020 final.

A report in The Telegraph this week suggested the Spanish and Portuguese bid is now the frontrunner, with UEFA being put off from the UK and Ireland bid after Sunday.

After the final, The Mirror reported some harrowing events including such as 'a steward threatened with a knife, a woman fan seriously sexually assaulted and a tearful schoolboy traumatised.'

According to the same source, a steward was threatened with a knife by a person who wanted to get into Wembley Stadium to watch the final.

The steward later said: "What was I going to do? I earn £8.90 an hour – I'm not getting stabbed for that."

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Footage appeared after the match, showing English fans attacking their Italian counterparts as bars, pubs and restaurants in the surrounding area shut down to calm matters.

England hosted eight games at Wembley, including six England matches as well as Italy’s clashes with Austria and Spain in the Round of 16 and semi-final respectively.

It was hoped that this tournament as well as England’s leniency to allow UEFA officials and VIPs entry into the country without the need to quarantine would give the country the edge in their 2030 bid.

They now face a great challenge from Iberia as Spanish FA President Luis Rubiales is popular amongst UEFA members and wishes to use his influence to his advantage, as UEFA will put forward a European candidate to FIFA next year.

England were optimistic of their chances this time around after a disastrous attempt in 2010 for the 2018 World Cup, but recent events may have put them on the back foot.

The bidding process is set to be launched in the second quarter of 2022 and the host will be chosen at the 74th FIFA Congress in 2024, six years ahead of the World Cup.

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