FIFA President Sepp Blatter hit out at criticism of the selection of Russia and Qatar as the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
"To be honest, I was surprised by all the English complaining after the defeat. England, of all people, the motherland of fairplay ideas," Blatter told Swiss magazine Weltwoche. "Now some of them are showing themselves to be bad losers. You can't come afterwards and say so and so promised to vote for England. There is no systematic corruption in FIFA. That is nonsense. We are financially clean and clear."
Blatter also responded to those critical of Qatar's selection as host of the 2022 tournament.
"I really sense in some reactions a bit of the arrogance of the western world of Christian background," he added. "Some simply can't bear it if others get a chance for a change. What can be wrong if we start soccer in regions where this sport demonstrates a potential which goes far beyond sport?"