Director Spike Lee is indulging his love of soccer by throwing his support behind the United States' bid to host the World Cup.
The moviemaker, a long time fan of top London club Arsenal, has accepted an invitation to join the board of the bid committee which will push for the event to come to America in either 2018 or 2022.
Lee will now help executives at U.S. Soccer devise a suitable bid before the decision is made in December (10) by bosses at The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
Sunil Gulati, Chairman of the USA Bid Committee and President of U.S. Soccer, says, "Spike Lee owns a distinct creative spirit and unbridled passion for sport and we're privileged to be able to incorporate his voice into the development of our bid. As a fan of soccer and a father of a youth level player, Spike will provide a unique and invaluable perspective to our board of directors."
The next World Cup event will be held in South Africa this summer (10).