Fifa's Nicolas Leoz allegedly asked for FA Cup to be named after him in return for supporting England's 2018 World Cup bid

A report into alleged corruption by Fifa officials has claimed that the Paraguayan also wanted to receive an honour from the British government or monarchy in return for his vote
The president of Conmebol, the South American Football Federation, has been accused of asking for the FA Cup to be named after him in return for supporting England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

Dr. Nicolas Leoz, who was accused of requesting a knighthood for the same reason last month by Lord Triesman, had this fresh allegation made against him as part of a report by James Dingemans, QC, who is looking into supposed corruption in the bidding process.

A number of Fifa officials have been acused of 'selling' votes in return for financial rewards or honours such as this, in a row that looks to have split the game's governing body.

As revealed in Dingeman's report, Les Dickens, who was England's South America-based 2018 consultant, sent an email to the bidding team stating that Conmebol employee Alberto Almirall had made the request on behalf of Leoz.

It read: "Regarding the offer to name a cup after him, Alberto's comments were 'Dr Leoz is an old man and to go to London just to meet the Prince and go to the FA Cup final is not reason enough. If this is combined, say, with the naming of the CUP [sic] after Dr Leoz then that could be reason enough' his words literally."

In addition, Dickens received a further email from Almirall that read: "Confidently I know that he would love to have a decoration from the British Crown or government."

Despite the allegations, Fifa offered its support to Leoz on Monday night, stating that it "found no elements in this report which would prompt the opening of any ethics proceedings".

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