FA to share FIFA file with MPs

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Published: Wednesday 21st January 2015 by The News Editor

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The Football Association has agreed to make its secret file on FIFA members compiled during England’s failed 2018 World Cup bid available to MPs.

Former sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe said the FA had agreed to share the file compiled on the 24-members of the FIFA executive committee who took part in the 2010 vote with the culture, media and sport select committee.

Sutcliffe, speaking in Brussels at the ‘New FIFA Now’ summit which is calling for reform of football’s world governing body, said: “Members of the committee are going to be allowed to see that file so we will see what was held at the time.”

Former FA and England 2018 chairman Lord Triesman said last month the FA “apparently also have a secret dossier with potential evidence of corruption” which they had not made available to previous investigations into his allegations of corruption surrounding the World Cup bid.

MP Damian Collins, the FIFA reform campaigner who organised the summit, told the meeting that the FA’s previous willingness to co-operate had been “a bit of a sham”.

He said: “I am glad the FA will be sharing that evidence. It’s a bit of a sham the way the FA sought to investigate David’s [Triesman’s] allegations when sitting on that evidence all the time.”

Published: Wednesday 21st January 2015 by The News Editor

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