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Fifa rank England's 2018 World Cup as 'low risk' while expressing Russia concerns

The executive summaries of the evaluation reports by FIFA's inspectors have been published today but they do not tell the whole story. The 24 FIFA executive committee members who are voting on the 2018 and 2022 hosts have been provided with a confidential report judging 17 separate categories on risk - including overall operational risk.

England, Spain/Portugal and Holland/Belgium have a 'low' overall operational risk while Russia are judged as 'medium'.

In further good news for England's bid, and the Iberian campaign, Russia's air transport plan is judged high risk - the only high risk mark for any of the 2018 bidders - while Holland/Belgium have nine of the 17 categories judged as medium.

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