“We do not enter into squabbles, although we have much to say. It's no secret, for example, that in London they have the highest crime rate compared with other European cities, and the highest level of alcohol consumption among young people.”
Now coming from a Russian that's shall we say just a little bit rich!
Except - the conspiracy theorists tell us - it's all a cunning plan from London (a bit like finding out that FIFA Officials take backhanders) to see off its opponents!
In what appeared to be a planned attack on Russia, the England 2018 bid revealed shortly after Sorokin had made an address to the International Football Arena conference in Zurich that it had made the complaint about comments Sorokin made last week to a Russian newspaper.
Ah, that's it then, Alexey is just misunderstood - even when he's complaining about racism in football! Apparently:
First, people in the Sport Express had interpreted some of my comments in a vague way, not exactly what I was trying to express." Second, much of it was lost in translation from Russian into English and then, the rest was made up by the English journalists themselves.
See it's all a "strangely timed" plot by perfidious albion to do down Russia where of course there is no crime, they drink only mint tea and racism is unheard of.
Yep. That must be it.