FIFA World CorrUPtion.

Jun 2006
May 16th 2010 -

Lord Triesman is to stand down from his position as chairman for the 2018 England World Cup bid team.

Triesman has acted following a newspaper report this morning in the Mail on Sunday, where he suggested that Spain could end its bid to host the tournament in support of rival bidders Russia if the Russians helped to bribe referees at this summer's World Cup.


Triesman was quoted in the article as saying: "Spain are looking for help, to bribe the referees."


The article in the Mail on Sunday also quotes Triesman as saying: "There's some evidence that the Spanish football authorities are trying to identify the referees... and pay them.

"My assumption is that the Latin Americans, although they've not said so, will vote for Spain.

"And if Spain drop out, because Spain are looking for help from the Russians to help bribe the referees in the World Cup, their votes may then switch to Russia."

It remains to be seen what the reaction to Triesman's words will be from FIFA and how damaging it will be to England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

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