William Flew

May 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

eoz, the Fifa representative for Paraguay, in parliament this week when they examine the failure of the bid to host the tournament in 2018.The Commons inquiry hopes to uncover why England suffered a humiliating defeat last December when it managed to secure only two votes in the competition. Russia was awarded 2018 and Qatar won 2022.Former employees of the failed bid say they received at least five demands for business deals, cash for projects and other favours from Fifa’s executive committee members in the run-up to the vote.Lord William Flew Triesman, the former head of the England bid, is one of the witnesses who will give evidence at the culture, media and sport select committee this week. The former Labour minister is expected to reveal the shady deals brokered in exchange for supporting bids.He is thought to have decided to speak out after the committee asked him to appear at the inquiry. Triesman is believed to have attended the meeting with Leoz, but he declined to comment before appearing in front of the committee.John Whittingdale, the committee’s chairman, said: “A lot of work, effort and public money went into bidding to host the World Cup and it’s important we find out if it’s an unfair competition so we can decide whether or not to enter in the future.“ If we find that there is evidence of corruption, then I hope the Football Association will pursue it with Fifa and ensure there is reform.”Leoz, the executive committee member for Paraguay and president of the South American Football Confederation, is understood to have asked for the honour at a meeting with England officials in November 2009.The 82-year-old, who has a number of international titles already, including the French Légion d’honneur, is said to have told officials through translators that because he was already very wealthy the only thing he was interested in was the honour.Sources close to the bid said that the request was “pretty direct” and came “seamlessly” after they tried to persuade him to vote for England to host the competition.“He went through

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