Mayor of London Boris Johnson has hit back at FIFA officials following their rejection of England’s World Cup bid by withdrawing the offer of a free stay at the Dorchester Hotel during the 2012 Olympics. Instead, he has pledged to put the 22 man committee up at his three-bedroomed Chelsea residence.
‘I may have mentioned the Dorchester, but no promise was ever made,’ said Johnson. ‘We will break new ground and host the delegation at a new up and coming venue – my pad.’
Johnson has reassured the media that he is already ordering a sofa bed that will ‘sleep two, three at a push’, and has trialled an inflatable mattress in the spare bedroom. However, some insiders have criticised proposals for president Sepp Blatter to share Johnson’s bed while vice-president Jack Warner kips in the bath.