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