LONDON - World football governing body FIFA
has asked the English Football Association for evidence to back
up former FA chairman David Triesman's allegations that four
executive committee members sought favours in return for votes.
Triesman told a British parliamentary inquiry on Tuesday
that executive committee members Jack Warner, Ricardo Teixeira,
Nicolas Leoz and Worawi Makudi had sought incentives to vote for
England's unsuccesful bid to host the 2018 World Cup.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke sent a letter to
current FA chairman David Bernstein requesting a complete report
from Triesman as well as any documentary evidence to support his
"In his letter to The FA, the FIFA secretary general
expresses the extreme concern of FIFA and the FIFA president at
the latest allegations questioning the integrity of some FIFA
executive committee members," FIFA said on its website.
The claims are a major embarrassment for FIFA and come less
than a month before president Sepp Blatter stands for
re-election in a poll where Asian Football Confederation chief
Mohamed Bin Hamman is opposing him.
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