Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

UK Bid to Host 2018 FIFA World Cup: Lord Triesman Spills the Beans!

Academic journal article The International Sports Law Journal

UK Bid to Host 2018 FIFA World Cup: Lord Triesman Spills the Beans!

Article excerpt

Coming hard on the heels of the announcement on 9 May, 2011 by FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, with no doubt an eye on his re-election at the beginning of June 2011, which is being opposed, of an historic ten-year [euro]20 million Agreement with INTERPOL to rid the 'beautiful game' of match-fixing and illegal betting, Lord Triesman, the former Chairman of the English Football Association (FA), under the cloak of Parliamentary Privilege, claimed, on 10 May, 2011, that the UK Bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018 was riddled with requests for substantial sums of money and other favours in return for votes from a number of the members of the FIFA Executive Committee, who decided the issue.

These are serious allegations and they need to be thoroughly investigated by FIFA, which claims to be on a crusade to kick corruption out of football, which is not surprising, given that football is not only the world's favourite sport, but also its most lucrative one! With so much money in football, billions of US$ in fact, the temptations to take unfair advantages and act unethically are considerable, but must be resisted in the interest of fair play in sport, which is what sport is all about. …

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