Triesman Scandal: England Prepares to Bribe World Cup Refs, FIFA Officials?

Late last week the soccer world was rocked by an unprecedented scandal.

Lord Triesman, chairman of the English FA, reportedly made astonishing allegations mainly against Spain but also Russia which are of course England’s rivals in the bidding to stage the 2018 soccer cup.

A British newspaper published extracts of a private conversation in which Lord Triesman alleged that Spain were “looking for help from the Russians to help bribe the referees in the World Cup”, adding that this might help the Russian bid for the 2018 tournament to gain support from Spain and several Latin American countries.

Shortly after the allegations were made public by the newspaper Triesman was made to resign his position while Fifa has now requested the Fifa ethics committee to examine the alleged statements. In addition, Fifa has sent a letter asking the FA to provide a report, including Lord Triesman’s position, which can only mean that they are going to look into Triesman’s allegations too. And so they should.

However, what this blogger is concerned with is that Fifa may be missing a bigger picture here. Nothing is what it seems and there are more questions that answers.

Consider this.

Doesn’t the fact itself that his Lordship made the allegations prove that he was in a position to talk competently and with authority on the matters touched upon — bribing soccer referees and Fifa officials?

If he had been altogether unfamiliar with such despicable practices would he have been so alert to such conspiracy theories, would he have been so eager to discuss or even acknowledge them in conversations with others?

In other words, doesn’t this mean that (certain elements within) the English FA could be themselves trying to identify and bribe their SA World Cup referees to help them advance through the tourney and/or Fifa officials to get the 2018 championship?

It’s not as far-fetched as it at first sounds — anyone who has dealt with British (and by definition, English) companies and firms abroad knows that they are among the biggest bribe-givers and bribe takers in the world.

Also, in the taped comments, Lord Triesman himself openly admitted that the issue of awarding honorary peerages to South American soccer officials in return for their votes did come up.

Fifa needs to look into this and give it a long hard look too!

But make no mistake about it — England will stop at nothing and will stoop to anything to kill and bury the Fifa investigation.

In an early effort to muddy the waters, they have already employed their heaviest (below-the-waist) hitters — Lord(ling) Coe who is incidentally the former chairman of the Fifa ethics committee (I bet that will help) — he’s already worked the telephone on a secure line to Blatter himself and Geoff Thompson, another former & present high-ranking Fifa and Uefa official.


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