England’s 2018 team has claimed that the media has “significantly damaged” the bid to host the World Cup.
According to the London Evening Standard, bid leaders visited BBC director general Mark Thompson in an attempt to block a Panorama investigation into charges of corruption at Fifa, football’s world governing body, which will decide the destination of the 2018 World Cup next month.
It follows an exposé by the Sunday Times alleging that two Fifa executives asked for money for projects in return for World Cup votes. Nigeria’s Amos Adamu and Tahiti’s Reynald Temarii deny any wrongdoing but have been suspended pending a Fifa ethics committee hearing.
A senior England 2018 source said: “This has significantly damaged England’s bid because the FIFA executive committee feel they are being targeted by the English media.”
Bin Hammam, who is from Qatar and currently president of the Asian Football Confederation, also attacked the Sunday Times investigation: “Forging identity, fabricating evidence and setting traps are unethical behaviours in my point of view.”
Such things were “rare” in the Middle East media, he added.
(Source: London Evening Standard)
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This article appears in issue 260 of Media Digest.