FIFA report criticises the English FA bid for 2018 World Cup

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A report released today by FIFA has accused the English Football Association (FA) of completely disregarding bidding rules in their attempt to stage the 2018 World Cup.

Furthermore, Qatar, who had been accused of corruption charges of paying FIFA officials £3 million to secure their bid to stage the 2022 World Cup and have subsequently been cleared by FIFA.

A statement released by the FA on their website read: "We were not given any prior notice of the report before publication. We do not accept any criticism regarding the integrity of England’s bid or any of the individuals involved."

Furthermore following the criticism, the FA have said they had 'conducted in a transparent bid'.

Criticism against the FA

The FA supposedly acted inappropriately trying to win a key voter in the form of former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, who incidentally resigned after allegations of bribery against him.

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FIFA's 42-page report outlines an array of damaging points regarding the conduct of England officials.

England's officials had tried to win the support of Warner by trying to help "a person of interest to him" find a part time job in the United Kingdom, letting the Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 squad hold a training camp in the UK in the summer of 2009 and sponsoring a gala dinner for the Caribbean Football Union, at a cost of $55,000, around £35,000, the BBC report.

Following the FA's failed bid to stage the World Cup 2018, it has been revealed that Russia received 13 votes and will host the prestigious tournament.

This news comes after Russia themselves were cleared of any wrongdoing in their bid.

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