The England 2018 World Cup bid team has been accused of acting improperly and flouting rules in an attempt to win votes in their quest to stage the competition.
World governing body Fifa took the step of publishing its internal report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding processes after it was leaked to a German media outlet last week.
The report, produced in 2014 by then Fifa chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia, concluded that the England team had made a determined effort to win over former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner.
Garcia’s findings noted that England’s 2018 World Cup bid team had “provided full and valuable co-operation in establishing the facts and circumstances of this case”, but also said that “conduct by England 2018 may not have met the standards set out in the FCE (Fifa code of ethics) or the bid rules”.
Warner became embroiled in corruption allegations surrounding Fifa before being arrested and charged in America as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s probe into money-laundering.