World Cup bid in disarray as Richards quits board

ENGLAND&rsquo;S hopes of staging the 2018 World Cup have been dealt another blow after Premier League chairman Sir Dave Richards resigned from the bid&rsquo;s board.<br /><br />The departure of Richards, who joined the bid as vice-chairman for international relations just seven months ago, comes after a restructuring of the board earlier this month.<br /><br />It is the latest incident in a turbulent period for the bid, which has also been publicly criticised by Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, one of the most influential men in the game.<br /><br />&ldquo;With the recent changes to the England 2018 bid team, I feel I can now best support a successful bid without the necessity of sitting on the board,&rdquo; Richards said. The recent restructuring saw former FA chairman Geoff Thompson and Chelsea director of communications Simon Greenberg appointed to the board.