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Triesman controversy

FIFA drops Triesman investigation

May 28, 2010
By Soccernet staff

FIFA will not continue to investigate controversial comments made by Lord Triesman after deciding there is "no indication that there is any basis to the allegations" that Spain and Russia were attempting to collude to bribe referees at the 2010 World Cup.

Lord Triesman had been a key member of England's 2018 bid
GettyImagesLord Triesman had been a key member of England's 2018 bid

• Triesman resigns after 'bribe' storm

Triesman was recorded making the comments by a former aide, Melissa Jacobs, and was forced to resign as chairman of both the FA and England's 2018 bid after his allegations were published by the Mail on Sunday.

Triesman allegedly told Jacobs: "There's some evidence that the Spanish football authorities are trying to identify the referees ... and pay them. My assumption is that the Latin Americans, although they've not said so, will vote for Spain. And if Spain drop out, because Spain are looking for help from the Russians to help bribe the referees in the World Cup, their votes may then switch to Russia."

The FA immediately sought to limit the fall-out from the report when expressing its "bitter regret" and apologising for the damaging story in letters written to FIFA and the Spanish and Russian associations. However, the matter was referred to FIFA's ethics committee on May 17.

FIFA requested information from Russia and Spain and following a "thorough investigation" has decided there is no evidence with which to proceed.

A FIFA statement read: "FIFA has found no indication that there is any basis to the allegations reported by Lord Triesman. In the light of the above-mentioned circumstances, the chairman of the FIFA ethics committee has decided not to pursue this matter any further.

"However, he emphasised that it is essential to the integrity, image and reputation of FIFA and the competitions that the conduct of the member associations and the bid committees during their bid preparations complies with the highest standards of ethical behaviour.''