FA Hire Lawyer to Investigate Triesman Allegations
May 13, 2011
The English Football Association (FA) has hired a senior UK lawyer for its own inquiry into allegations of improper conduct made by its former chairman, pills Lord Triesman, prostate against four members of FIFA’s Executive Committee.
Triesman told a parliamentary inquiry earlier this week that the men on world soccer’s top committee engaged in “improper and unethical” behavior by seeking favors in return for their votes for England to stage the 2018 World Cup.
The FA, doctor which is also cooperating with a FIFA inquiry into the claims, has enlisted James Dingemans QC, to look into the evidence behind Triesman’s statements and present a report, to be made public, by May 27, four days before FIFA’s presidential elections.
FA chairman David Bernstein, who replaced Triesman on a permanent basis at the start of the year, stated: “If Lord Triesman’s allegations can’t be supported then I suppose they’d die a death. Unsupported evidence doesn’t get anybody very far.”
Meanwhile, FIFA president Sepp Blatter has been called to give evidence to a British parliamentary inquiry into soccer governance.
John Whittingdale, chairman of the committee on culture, sport and media, which is conducting the inquiry, has said that the FIFA president will be called to give evidence, quoted in the Times saying: “The committee’s work has largely been done by putting these issues out in the open. It is now up to football authorities to take the lead.”