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Scandal rocks World Cups
by Paul Kennedy, May 16th, 2010 4:33AM

TAGS:  england, russia, spain, world cup, world cup 2022


[ENGLAND]  If you've never heard of Lord Triesman before, you sure will now. He quit Sunday as the chairman of the English Football Association -- the head of English soccer -- and England's World Cup bid committee after he became embroiled in a sex scandal that threatens to bring down the English bid to host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.

The Mail of Sunday published excerpts from remarks he allegedly made to a women who says she was his former mistress -- she once worked for him as his private secretary. On the tapes, Lord Triesman accuses Spain -- a rival bidder -- of seeking help from Russia -- yet another European bidder -- to bribe referees at the 2010 World Cup, where Spain is one of the favorites. The payoff? Shifting its support to Russia in the campaign for the 2018 World Cup.

"There’s some evidence," Lord Triesman is caught on tape telling Melissa Jacobs at a London restaurant two weeks ago, "that the Spanish football authorities are trying to identify the referees ... and pay them."

Lord Triesman details to Jacobs his view of corruption around the soccer world and how it might affect the World Cup bid campaigns.

His remarks are so explosive that the FA unsuccessfully tried to get a High Court injunction to block's The Mail on Sunday publishing the story.

Lord Triesman also talks at length about England's 2010 World Cup team and is full of praise for its coach, Fabio Capello. He's also full of praise for the Glazer family that owns Manchester United, saying he gets "a lot more cooperation out of them than I do out of the English owners."

Sex scandals are nothing new to the FA. Chief executive Mark Palios quit in 2004 over then-England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson's affair with Faria Alam, a secretary at the FA with whom he also had an affair.

The irony is that Lord Triesman, a former member of the Communist Party, was brought in to clean up the FA.

He was an influential member of the Labour Party that just lost power in Britain.

  1. Ian Plenderleith
    commented on: May 16, 2010 at 12:55 p.m.
    I can understand why the US media might want to play this up in the hope that it might damage England's bid. But the only scandal here really is the behavior of the egregiously right-wing Daily Mail (which supported fascism in the 1930s and has never much shifted from that position) and its treacherous honey-trap journalism. The Mail report keeps playing up how scandalised the Spanish will be by Triesman's comments, but now that he's already resigned, his comments are pretty much irrelevant to the bid. True, England's hopes will hardly be helped by this tawdry little exposé, but most people will recognise that this was a private conversation, and that this is how all public figures talk when they're off-guard. They're human beings too.
  1. Paul Wacker
    commented on: May 16, 2010 at 1:12 p.m.
    I was thinking Spain may meet the USA in the world cup Final. How about that for a scandal?
  1. Alex Lozano
    commented on: May 16, 2010 at 1:36 p.m.
    Thanks to England's notorious lust for scandal, the USA should have no problems getting the 2018 World Cup now!! Thanks, England, lol.
  1. Kenneth Barr
    commented on: May 16, 2010 at 4:51 p.m.
    Once again, England have let off-pitch nonsense interfere with football. Coming on the heels of the John Terry-Wayne Bridge nonsense, Fabio Cappello has one more distraction to deal with. If he could only enforce discipline on the FA, a notorious band of hypocrites, England would be so much the better. I don't think this will have any effect on England's preparations, but morale among the England camp is bound to suffer. The media will shower them with questions pertaining to all the sexual stuff. Capello needs to lay down the law with the media firmly, insisting that the Triesman and Teryy/Bridge matters have nothing to do with the players and questions will not be entertained. I don't wnat anyone to have any excuses for when the USA wins 3-1 on 12 June.
  1. B Arsenal
    commented on: May 17, 2010 at 2 p.m.
    Just the media sensationalizing, trying to put a dent in England's bid. Unfortunatly there are some people in FIFA who are looking for any excuse to not give the world cup to England. England deserves the world cup in 2018. They have the perfect country to hold the world cup. The world cup should be held in a country that has passion for the sport (England). Americans don't even know how to cheer in a soccer (football) game, let alone have passion for the it. They don't even call the sport by it's correct name for peet sakes. See you guys June 12th.

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