A statement from the culture, media and sport agency has called for a full appraisal into what went wrong with England’s 2018 World Cup proposal, signifying that the Football Association had been unsuccessful to find out lessons from the past.
The agency, consisting of MPs, located the FA’s association with UEFA and FIFA as areas that were missing in the offer.
“England’s bid team appears to have lacked a number of the components of a successful bid. Lessons did not appear to have been learned from previous studies with regard to the composition and unity of the bid team, and the messages it needed to project. More fundamentally, it appears that the groundwork for a successful bid had not been laid effectively with football’s international bodies,” the statement states.
“There was £15 million FA money and more than £2 million public money from local authorities spent on the bid. The public have a right to know if this money was spent well. FIFA have been contemptuous and dismissive of the allegations raised in this inquiry and there is no appetite to have a proper investigation,” according to Committee member Damian Collins.
Definitely, the committee criticized the handling of FIFA of the bribery and corruption claims in the prelude to the vote. The statement backed the content and timing of BBC’s Panorama program, saying it was “amply justified by the public interest in FIFA’s governance and, more generally, in independent and impartial journalism.”
“FIFA has given every impression of wishing to sweep all allegations of misconduct under the carpet and of dismissing anyone bringing allegations to them with an approach bordering on contempt.”
Lord Triesman, former England 2018 bid leader, made accusations of immoral behavior against four FIFA members, which led to the FA commissioning barrister James Dingemans to investigate proof to support the claims.
There was no proof discovered by Dingemans to support additional action, yet the committee is doubtful about this.
The report says, “We find this response disappointing and inadequate. While the review does not confirm the allegations made by Lord Triesman, neither does it refute them. It does find enough corroborative evidence to merit further investigation.”
“As a first step towards restoring confidence we call upon FIFA to publish the ethics committee report.”