The Sunday Times

England’s 2018 World Cup bid committee will seek the advice of Lord Coe on how to cope with the fall-out from the Fifa corruption allegations

England’s 2018 World Cup bid committee will hold an emergency strategy session tomorrow to seek the advice of Lord Coe and Sir Keith Mills, chairman and vice-chairman of London 2012, on how to cope with the fall-out from the Sunday Times allegations of Fifa corruption. The reports have forced football’s world governing body to suspend two executive members, Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii, pending an investigation into vote-buying. Both deny any wrongdoing.

Coe and Mills were the architects of London’s 2012 Olympic campaign. Their advice is being sought as they coped with a similar crisis when the BBC’s Panorama broadcast an investigation into International Olympic Committee corruption. Mills and Coe had to to reassure the IOC the programme had nothing to do with London’s bid. Ivan Slavkov, the IOC member named by Panorama, was expelled at the same Singapore session at which London was voted 2012 host.

The 2018 bid is on a similar mission, though one official admitted: “We had to recover from allegations by Lord Triesman [then FA chairman] of bribery by Russia and Spain and this has made our task difficult.” Another worry is that Panorama intends to air a programme on Fifa only days before the December 2 vote.


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