LONDON - British Prime Minister David
Cameron believes the BBC's probe into FIFA's affairs will not
affect England's 2018 World Cup bid although he said he was
frustrated at the timing of the Panorama documentary.
The investigation into alleged corruption within football's
world governing body will be broadcast on November 29 just three
days before FIFA delegates vote in Zurich to decide the host
countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
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"I've obviously spoken about these issues with FIFA
delegates," Cameron told the BBC's Football Focus programme.
"What I'd say is that this is a free country, we have a free
"Is it frustrating that Panorama is doing this programme a
few days before (the vote)? Of course it is but it's a free
country and you have to roll with that. I think FIFA will
England are competing against Russia and joint bids from
Spain/Portugal and Netherlands/Belgium to hold the 2018
The leader of the English bid Andy Anson has accused the
state-funded broadcaster of being unpatriotic and of undermining
the country's hopes of hosting the tournament.
The documentary follows allegations made in Britain's Sunday
Times newspaper last month that two members of FIFA's executive
committee were prepared to sell their votes for cash.
Reynald Temarii of Tahiti was subsequently banned for one
year and fined after FIFA's ethics committee found him guilty of
violating rules on general conduct and loyalty while Nigeria's
Amos Adamu was banned for three years and fined for corruption.
Four other FIFA officials were also banned and fined.
England were joint top in FIFA's technical evaluation for
the 2018 finals along with Spain/Portugal and Cameron stressed
the positive aspects of his country's bid.
"The world watches English football, the world comes and
plays its football in England and so bringing the World Cup to
England is such a natural step," he said.
"Now, we've got a real fight on our hands in Zurich but I'm
looking forward to it because I think we've got a great case to
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