The FA and the Scottish FA accused FIFA of a lack of transparency and accountability, with Prince William, the FA’s president, and Prime Minister David Cameron backing the call for a postponement of the ballot.
But even Wales and Northern Ireland chose not to support England and the motion was defeated by 172 to 17.
Fifa members then lined up to attack the FA, with senior vice-president Julio Grondona, the Argentinian head of Fifa’s finance committee, saying: “We always have attacks from England which are mostly lies with the support of journalism which is more busy lying than telling the truth. This upsets and disturbs the Fifa family.”
He continued: “It looks like England is always complaining so please I say will you leave the Fifa family alone, and when you speak, speak with truth.” The humiliation continued with the leaders of associations from Haiti, the Congo DR, Benin, Fiji and Cyprus all speaking out against the FA’s move.