A FIFA report has claimed that the English FA has behaved improperly in their bid to host the 2018 World Cup, but cleared Qatar of any wrong doing.
According to the report, the English Football Association was damaging FIFA’s reputation and breaking bidding rules in their attempt to stage to 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The official report now leaves Qatar clear to host the 2022 tournament in eight years’ time, while the FA was accused of using 'underhand attempts' to win the favour of former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, who quit his role due to allegations of bribery.
The conclusion of the report could result in retributive consequences for the individuals involved in England’s 2018 bid. It was stated that English officials attempted to bribe Warner by the following:
“Trying to help 'a person of interest to him' find a part time job in the United Kingdom.
"Letting the Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 squad hold a training camp in the UK in the summer of 2009.
"And sponsoring a gala dinner for the Caribbean Football Union, at a cost of $55,000, around £35,000.”
The 42-page report was compiled by Has Joachim Eckert, FIFA’s independent ethics adjucator, who has stated that England "showed a willingness, time and again" to meet Warner's expectations and, in doing so, the bidding team damaged "the image of FIFA and the bidding process."
The enquiry into bidding behaviour was initiated following a number of allegations emerged after the voting process took place in 2010.
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