Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Lineker quits The Mail over Triesman scandal
AFP, May 18th, 2010 4:50PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Former England striker Gary Lineker says he will no longer be writing a column for The Mail on Sunday in protest over the newspaper publishing the secretly recorded allegations from FA chief David Triesman about England's rival World Cup bidders. Triesman quit as FA chairman and head of the England bid team following the newspaper's claims he had told a former aide that Spain could drop its attempt to host the 2018 event if rival bidder Russia helped bribe referees at this year's World Cup.

Lineker, also a BBC sports presenter, is an official ambassador for England's bid to host the World Cup. He said, "The story itself, the circumstances surrounding it and the actions of The Mail on Sunday in publishing it have undermined the bid to bring the World Cup to England in 2018.

"I wholeheartedly support the bid, because I believe that hosting the tournament would be brilliant for the country, and I am an official ambassador for it. I have therefore taken the view that I cannot continue as a columnist for The Mail on Sunday."

Triesman protested that he believed the conversation was private and he was only commenting "on speculation circulating about conspiracies around the world" and his comments "were never intended to be taken seriously."

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Sporting Demands UCL Replay     
Sporting Lisbon has lodged a formal complaint with UEFA demanding a replay of its UEFA Champions ...
FIFA Rankings: USA Falls to 23rd    
Jurgen Klinsmann's USA fell six places to 23rd in FIFA's international rankings following a pair of ...
Diego Costa Released from the Hospital     
Chelsea is expected to be without striker Diego Costa when the Blues visit Manchester United at ...
Reports: Ibra Suffers Injury Setback     
Reports in Sweden claim that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could require surgery on the heel injury that has ...
FIFA Backs Clasico Pause for Messi's Record     
Lionel Messi heads into Saturday's game against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu just one goal short ...
Allegri: Juve Can Still Qualify    
Massimiliano Allegri believes Juventus still has a good chance of qualifying for the Round of 16 ...
Mertesacker: Gunners Lack Confidence    
In a candid interview, Arsenal center-back Per Mertesacker admits that the Gunners are low on confidence ...
Rodgers: Why Always Balotelli?     
Once again, it was all about Mario Balotelli, as Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers fielded a barrage ...
Report: Demand Amps Up Ahead of El Clasico    
This Saturday's Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, which regularly draws hundreds of millions of viewers ...
Ferguson: Moyes Didn't Inherit Declining Man United    
Alex Ferguson has updated his book My Autobiography to include a section about the short reign ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives