Boris Johnson admits Fifa chiefs could stay at The Dorchester

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London mayor Boris Johnson has conceded he may not be able to block FIFA chiefs staying at the Dorchester Hotel during the London 2012 Olympics.

Johnson had offered accommodation at the hotel for FIFA president Sepp Blatter and other members during the Games but withdrew the offer after England's 2018 World Cup bid defeat.

He was infuriated that up to eight FIFA members had promised to vote for England but in the end only two did so.

Johnson told www.insidethegames.net: "Despite what has been said, the Dorchester Hotel business is really a matter for LOCOG [the London organising committee] and I'm sure they'll make their decision on the best possible basis.

"It's no secret that we are very upset with FIFA though.

"Losing the vote in Zurich was bitterly disappointing but as they say, 'Them's the breaks' and you have just got to get on with it."

It is thought that demand for the rooms in the Dorchester exceed supply during the Games, and LOCOG are still to decide who will stay in the five-star hotel.

A LOCOG statement said: "FIFA has requested rooms in the Dorchester Hotels for the Games along with other groups. We are currently working out room allocations and availability. All rooms are paid for by the occupants, not by the organising committee."

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