The team behind Russia's successful 2018 World Cup bid believe that their rivals have shown 'bitterness' after Fifa's Executive Committee voted for an historic tournament in eastern Europe.
England missed out last December along with two joint proposals from Portugal and Spain and Belgium and The Netherlands. After the competition was awarded to Russia, Fifa President Sepp Blatter described football as "more than a game because of the social and cultural impact it has".
During and after the bidding process, Russia has been accused of corruption and collusion with Qatar - the hosts for the 2022 tournament.
In an exclusive interview as part of Russia Week on Sky Sports, Alexander Djordjadze from Russia 2018 said: "If we are talking about the same thing - moral righteousness - then we are clean. One hundred per cent. All this speculation is very unjust and we have a right to feel offended."
Speaking in Zurich last December, the man in charge of England's bid, Andy Anson, described Russia and Qatar as "formidable competitors".
"If you look at bids like ours, Australia and the USA then we are clearly accountable to the government, press and public because we have to do things in a straight and ethical way. I do not know what happened elsewhere."
Although he was clearly annoyed by these suggestions, Djordjadze knows why it has happened: "Naturally other countries felt bitterness when we won - it is understandable. We were by some of our English friends and colleagues in Zurich, who sat with green faces when the final decision was made.
"There is only one winner and you have to be prepared to lose."
I met the Russia 2018 Operations Director in a hotel in Moscow, where he was giving a presentation on the successful World Cup bid. Work has already begun ahead of eastern Europe's biggest ever show in seven years' time. We asked Alexander if Russia had colluded with Qatar - the winners of the 2022 World Cup.
"There was speculation about collusion but everybody knows that this is not true. Both of us did use the same company [Crystal CG International] for our animated stadium presentations but that is the closest link and just a coincidence."
But he agrees with Fifa that in future, World Cup tournaments should be awarded one at a time.
"It created the framework for speculation concerning corruption and collusion and also it was just a big headache for Fifa anyway, arranging two votes for two competitions."
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