FIFA to probe Triesman’s comments

May 18th, 2010 - 7:06 pm ICT by ANI  

London, May 18 (ANI): FIFA bosses will investigate the FA’s handling of Lord Triesman over his reported comments on the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.

“FIFA officials are demanding a report on Triesman’s comments and want to know whether FA could have acted quicker,” reports The Sun.

Triesman quit as FA chairman and leader of England’s 2018 World Cup bid on Sunday after he was recorded accusing rival bidders Spain and Russia of planning to bribe references at next month’s tournament in South Africa.

“We have not received any apologies,” said Alexei Sorokin, the head of Russia’s 2018 bid

English officials, however, claim to have faxed a full apology to Moscow and Spain.

“We can only suppose two things - either the English had some technical mistake or they were in too much of a hurry when they informed the media they had already apologised,” said Russian FA Director General Sorokin.

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke has asked the governing body’s ethics committee to cross check the claims put forward by Triesman.Meanwhile, Spanish FA boss Jorge Perez Arias has tagged the idea of his country bribing references as absurd.

Geoff Thompson, will now chair England’s 2018 World Cup bid team.(ANI)

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