Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bid Leader Blasts 'Unpatriotic' Beeb; WORLD CUP

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bid Leader Blasts 'Unpatriotic' Beeb; WORLD CUP

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ENGLAND 2018 chief executive Andy Anson today accused the BBC of being "unpatriotic" and "sensationalist" by choosing to broadcast a Panorama expose of FIFA three days before the vote to decide the hosts of the 2018 World Cup.

The BBC plan to air the programme, which is expected to make allegations of corruption against people involved with world football's governing body, on November 29.

England's bid leader Anson last week met with BBC director general Mark Thompson to express his fear the broadcast could harm the country's hopes of winning the December 2 vote.

But his pleas fell on deaf ears, prompting him to publicly attack the organisation today.

"I'm incredibly disappointed with the timing of what the BBC is proposing with Panorama," he said. "If they truly believe there's a journalistic reason for this, they could have done it any time in the last two years -to do it like this is sensationalism.

"I went to see Mark Thompson. …

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