Oz disclose cost of failed bid
Australia have revealed that they spent more than £28million to organise the bid to host the 2022 World Cup finals.
Last Updated: 08/09/11 10:10pm
The Australian football federation has revealed that it spent more than £28million to organise the bid to host the 2022 World Cup finals.
The proposal from the Socceroos garnered just one vote from Fifa's executive committee in December as Qatar won the rights to host the world's most prestigious international football competition.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) disclosed the amount they spent on their failed bid on Thursday after submitting a 40-page report to the Australian government.
However, the amount the FFA spent was under budget as it was given £30.2m by the government, although the Bid Book, the 700-plus-page dossier submitted to Fifa, cost more than £6.9m to compile and present in Zurich and was £1.99m over budget.
"Although the submission of this report was a formality it was also an important milestone for FFA under our obligations contained in the funding agreement," explained FFA chief executive Ben Buckley.
"The acceptance of the report marks the end of the bid process and with our commitments to the Federal Government around the bid now complete we can close the chapter on this stage of our history.
"We were all disappointed with the result of the decision and we are on record as saying that we believe the bid process was flawed.
"However, we are very proud of the bid we submitted on behalf of Australia which was widely acknowledged as technically strong."