Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Triesman 0 : Scudamore 1

Lord Triesman seems to be getting himself into hot water and perhaps not doing Football in this country any favours in the process.

Clearly he is not happy at the outcome of the failed 2018 World Cup bid and seems to have decided that setting some hares running in respect of a FIFA breakaway group makes sense. Perhaps he imagines England should start its own World Cup with him installed as life President.

He has cited corruption in respect of what might be called the "usual suspects" but is on very shaky ground when he includes in this group Richard Scudamore.

According to BBC Sport

Triesman also claimed that Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore offered to support the England 2018 World Cup bid in return for the FA's backing for his controversial '39th Game ' proposal.

But Scudamore claimed Triesman's version of events was incorrect.

"I'm afraid David's recollection of the facts and the chronology is simply wrong in this instance," he said in a statement.

"I was, along with my organisation and our member clubs, always in full support of England's bid for the 2018 World Cup.

"It was discussed at numerous club meetings and that support was never made conditional on the International Round concept (39th Game), or anything else for that matter.

"In fact, the league and its clubs had moved on from the idea of an International Round some time before the FA started structuring the 2018 Bid Company and associated positions.

"I will be writing to the select committee to provide them with the accurate facts in this matter."