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Triesman case

Platini: England bid can recover

May 18, 2010
By Soccernet staff

UEFA president Michel Platini has offered his support to ousted FA chief Lord Triesman and expects England's 2018 World Cup bid to recover from the controversy his allegations have caused.

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Triesman resigned as chairman of the FA and the England bid after he was secretly recorded telling a friend that Spain would support Russia's bid for the 2018 World Cup in return for help bribing referees in South Africa.

FIFA's ethics committee are to investigate the corruption claims and although the bad publicity may have damaged England's bid, Platini believes that under Triesman's successor Geoff Thompson - a UEFA and FIFA vice-president - the campaign could recover before the vote by FIFA's executive committee is taken on December 2.

Asked if the bid had been damaged, Platini said: "Maybe yes, I think you need the people who vote on your side. But for the bid Geoff Thompson is a good guy, England is a great country and of course it can recover and survive this."

The UEFA president also offered his support for Lord Triesman.

"I want to support my friend in this big problem," Platini said. "I think it is a bad thing that happened to him. I have a good friendship with Lord Triesman and I want to help him in his bad moment, for him as a person."

FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, who had been critical of England's bid in October, said the FA's swift action had limited any damage.

Warner told Bloomberg: "It's unfortunate but the English FA dealt with it appropriately and quickly and therefore I don't believe there'll be too much negative reaction from it."

The CONCACAF president added: "We are still looking at all the nations involved and we are looking to make sure what the best case is for football."