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Kiss England's World Cup 2018 Bid Goodbye

 Kiss England's World Cup 2018 Bid Goodbye

You may as well kiss England’s chances of winning the 2018 World Cup bid goodbye. England’s 2018 World Cup bid lay in tatters this weekend after The Mail On Sunday newspaper revealed that FA Chief Lord Triesman accused Spain and Russia of trying to bribe World Cup referees.

And today, it was announced that Triesman has quit as chairman of the 2018 World Cup bid.

In addition to that, The Mail revealed that Triesman was cheating on his wife and was involved in an intimate affair with a girl who was formerly his private secretary. This coming from a man who was supposed to be rebuilding the scandal-clad reputation that the FA has had and the disastrous 2018 World Cup bid thus far.

Lord Triesman’s intimate relationship with his former private secretary became so cozy that Triesman confided inside information about the 2018 World Cup bid process. Namely that Triesman believed that Spain may withdraw its bid to stage the 2018 finals if Russia, which also wants to host the event, helps it to bribe referees in next month’s World Cup tournament in South Africa.

Whether Triesman’s allegations are factual or not, it’s a damaging blow to England’s chances of winning the 2018 World Cup bid. The latest scandal certainly helps Russia’s chances of winning the race for 2018.

For the Football Association, it’s another dark day in their history. Mistake after mistake. Scandal after scandal. When will they learn?


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