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4 FIFA members sought bribes claims Triesman

Tue 10th May 2011 | FIFA

Lord Triesman claims four FIFA members sought "bribes" in return for backing England's failed 2018 World Cup bid.

Former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman - who was initially chairman of England's World Cup 2018 bid - has made the allegations against Jack Warner, Nicolas Leoz, Ricardo Teixeira and Worawi Makudi.

Triesman claims that FIFA vice-president Warner asked for around £2.5m to build an education centre in Trinidad, with the cash to be channelled through him, and later wanted £500,000 to buy Haiti's World Cup TV rights for the earthquake-hit nation, again to be channelled through him.

More surprising was Paraguay's FIFA member Leoz, who is alleged to have asked for a knighthood and Brazil's FIFA member Teixeira asked Triesman to "come and tell me what you have got for me", with the implication being that he wanted something in return for his vote.

It’s also alleged that Thailand's FIFA member, Makudi wanted to be given the TV rights to a friendly between England and the Thai national team.

Most surprising was the claim that Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore had offered to support the England 2018 World Cup bid in return for the FA's backing for his controversial '39th Game ' proposal.

Triesman told a Department of Culture, Media and Sport committee that - with hindsight - his bid team should have reported the quartet he made claims against immediately.

Speaking at the House of Commons, Triesman said that he will now take his evidence to world governing body FIFA.

John Whittingdale, chairman of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport committee, said he would be writing to FIFA president Sepp Blatter to launch an investigation into the evidence "as a matter of urgency".

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