FIFA ethics committee to investigate corruption allegations made by former England World Cup bid chief Lord Triesman

FA asked to provide report on comments…
FIFA’s ethics committee are to examine comments made by England's former 2018 World Cup bid chairman Lord Triesman in relation to corruption involving rival bidders.

Triesman stepped down from his role overseeing England's 2018 bid on Sunday, following recorded allegations he made against Spain and Russia’s rival bids to host the tournament.

Triesman also stepped down from his role as chairman of the Football Association, and has since been replaced by British FIFA vice-president Geoff Thompson after a meeting at Wembley.

The Mail on Sunday published claims the 66-year-old told a former aide — in a conversation that he was unaware was being recorded — that Spain are planning to bribe referees in this summer’s World Cup, before helping Russia’s bid to host the 2022 tournament by supporting their campaign.

England’s 2018 bid team, which now includes David Sheepshanks and Roger Burden as acting joint chairmen of the governing body, faxed letters to Spain and Russia’s football associations apologising for the allegations made.

FIFA have now requested that the Football Association provide a report on the matter, as well as clarification on Lord Triesman’s role.

A FIFA statement read: "FIFA can confirm that FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has requested the FIFA ethics committee to examine the alleged statements made by Lord Triesman in relation to the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.

"In addition, FIFA has sent a letter to The Football Association asking The FA to provide a report on this matter, including Lord Triesman's position.

"FIFA will not make any further comment on this matter until it has been dealt with by the FIFA ethics committee."

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