FA Chairman Greg Dyke: “Complete transparency is required” in World Cup bids
The head of the FA, Greg Dyke, has declared a state of crisis regarding the public’s perception of football’s governing body FIFA after a damning report criticising England’s World Cup bid was published by Judge Hans-Joachim Eckert last week.
Consequently Dyke has written to every Executive Committee (ExCo) member asking for support to publish the full extent of Marco Garcia’s report on the 2018 World Cup bidding process.
This newest internal debate over exactly what was said and done by each nation hasn’t been fully released but evidence was given to back up the validity of Qatar’s and Russia’s bid to hold the competition in 2018 and 2022.
“Complete transparency is required if the actions of all those who bid, including England 2018, are to be judged fairly.”
“I know some of you believe that FIFA’s reputation in England is the result of an obsession amongst the English media with FIFA and I know Mr. Blatter sees their reports as an unfair attack on the organisation he leads.
The unexpected findings included criticism of the relationship between England and former FIFA executive member Jack Warner. The 42-page document considered that England tried to “woo” the disgraced member by funding a £35,000 Caribbean gala and giving “substantial assistance” for an under-20 training camp in Trinidad. This findings were addressed as unprofessional and in breach of bidding rules.
“Urgent action is needed if confidence in FIFA is to be rebuilt in England. The FA is of the view that this action should start with the full publication of Mr. Garcia’s report.”
It has not been a good week for the Head of the Football Association after his interview on BBC’s Newsnight came under immense criticism when he seemed to stumble over the issue of whether convicted rapist Ched Evans should be allowed to rejoin old club Sheffield United.
“Here’s the straightforward question – are people who go to prison entitled to come out of prison and to try and rebuild their lives or aren’t they?”
Although obviously unprepared for the question, it seemed he was in favour of his return, before quickly adding his opinion “doesn’t matter”.
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