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Football Association hits back over Fifa ethics verdict

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Nov 18th, 2014
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) visits the construction site of a new football stadium, one of the future venues of the 2018 World Cup

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin (L) visits the construction site of a new football stadium, one of the future venues of the 2018 World Cup

London ( Agencies + DIPLOMAT.SO) – The Football Association has issued a robust defence of its conduct in its push to host World Cup 2018 after a report published by Fifa criticised England’s bid team for “damaging the integrity of the process”.

A 42-page report by Hans-Joachim Eckert found no serious ethical breaches on the part of either Russia or Qatar, who won the rights to host the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, but singled out the Three Lions’ attempts as having “violated bidding rules” in their attempts to win over former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner.

The FA, however, rejects such suggestions and believes that it acted with complete transparency both during the bidding process and in the investigation that followed.

An FA spokesman said: “We note the Fifa ethics committee has today published a 42-page report in relation to the bidding processes for the World Cups in 2018 and 2022.

“We were not given any prior notice of the report before publication. We do not accept any criticism regarding the integrity of England’s bid or any of the individuals involved.

“We conducted a transparent bid and, as the report demonstrates with its reference to the England bid team’s ‘full and valuable cooperation’, willingly complied with the investigation. We maintain that transparency and cooperation around this entire process from all involved is crucial to its credibility.

“We also note that after a lengthy investigatory process and assessment, the report has concluded that the ‘potentially problematic facts and circumstances identified by the report regarding the England 2018 bid were, all in all, not suited to compromise the integrity of the World Cup 2018/22 bidding process as a whole’.”

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