England bid team send letter to FIFA

Geoff Thompson and David Dein put together and sent the letter, which states “we hope England’s bid will not be judged negatively due to the activities of individual media organisations, regardless of one’s view of their conduct. We hope you appreciate that we have no control over the British media.”

The letter goes on to suggest that the team tried to alert FIFA to the investigation run by the Sunday Times that uncovered allegations of corruption last month.

“Rest assured we have done all we can to assist FIFA and its members during recent weeks. It was members of the England bid which alerted the FIFA general secretary, on September 29, to the activities of a bogus company which turned out to be the Sunday Times investigation. We kept him informed on regular occasions as we conducted our investigation into this company.”