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Sunday 16 November 2014

2022 World Cup: English FA Responds To FIFA Bid Criticism

The English Football Association has hit back at a FIFA report that heavily criticises England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup, saying it does "not accept any criticism regarding the integrity of England's bid or any of the individuals involved

On Thursday Qatar was cleared of corruption in winning the right to stage the 2022 World Cup by FIFA's ethics committee. However, the same report also censures England over its 2018 bid.

The report by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert, the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's independent ethics committee - said England's conduct ‘damaged the integrity of the ongoing bidding process,’ and that the bid team's attempts to secure the FIFA executive votes apparently controlled by ex-vice-president Jack Warner included securing a job for a family friend in Britain and violated bidding rules.

The 42-page document also hit out at Lord Triesman, the England bid chairman, saying he did not co-operate with the Garcia investigation but had used his parliamentary privilege to make a number of allegations of corruption in the bidding process.

An FA spokesman said: "We note the FIFA Ethics Committee has today published a 42- page report in relation to the bidding processes for the FIFA World Cups in 2018 and 2022. “We were not given any prior notice of the report before publication. We do not accept any criticism regarding the integrity of England’s bid or any of the individuals involved.

“We conducted a transparent bid and, as the report demonstrates with its reference to the England bid team’s ‘full and valuable cooperation’, willingly complied with the investigation. We maintain that transparency and cooperation  around this entire process from all involved is crucial to its credibility.

“We also note that after a lengthy investigatory process and assessment, the report has concluded that the ‘potentially problematic facts and circumstances identified by the report regarding the England 2018 bid were, all in all, not suited to compromise the integrity of the FIFA World Cup 2018/22 bidding process as a whole’.”

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