Eddie McGuire has hit out at England’s vote for Colombia ahead of Australia and New Zealand for the 2023 Women’s World Cup, labelling it “a low act”.
Australia and New Zealand pulled off one of the most remarkable victories for football in the trans-Tasman region, receiving 22 of the 35 valid votes early on Friday morning.
Following reports English Football Association chairman Greg Clarke had refused to take a phone call from New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern before the vote, it was revealed the English followed suit with Europe and sided with Colombia.
Speaking on Triple M’s Hot Breakfast, McGuire slammed English officials for their decision.
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“It’s good to see that England has voted in solidity with Europe… that’s the mob they’ve just ‘Brexited’ from, remember that?”, McGuire said.
“So just remember, next time we have a world war and you call us up, we’ll remember, OK?
“That is staggering that the Poms could look themselves in the mirror today not voting (for Australia and New Zealand).
“Here’s the other block they’re involved in mate, it’s called the Commonwealth, how about that one?
“They’ve voted… Columbia or Australia and New Zealand, ‘Ah OK, which ones? That’d be the ANZACs wouldn’t it? Yeah, that’s good we remember them at Gallipoli don’t we? Two world wars, yeah yeah yeah, sent all the food parcels over during the wars, yeah nah we’ll vote for Colombia’.
“Fair dinkum. So when they come, remember OK? What a low act.”