By Ashley Norris
That smug looking football-hating barsteward above is Peter Wright. Let’s get him on trial for treason
So, in case you missed it, The Mail on Sunday wires up a kiss and tell girl with a recorder who then tries to snare Lord Triesman, Chair of the FA and head man of England’s 2018 World Cup bid into making saucy comments. Instead he mutters something completely hat stand about how the Russians and the Spanish might bribe refs at the World Cup. Cue meltdown of our bid.
Ok, before we get too harsh on Lord Triesman, who hasn’t said something stupid in their life especially when 1, trying to impress a woman and 2, under the influence of alcohol? Ultimately he has done the right thing in resigning, but I think the bigger story is not about the Lord’s dubious comments but about why the Mail on Sunday published the story in the first place.
Let’s face it, after a couple of expensive and tricky World Cups in South Africa and Brazil, FIFA needs a safe European pair of hands to do a Germany ’06 in 2018. They need a country that’s passionate about football, has loads of great stadiums and will deliver amazing media coverage. That puts us in pole position. We really were the favourites. We can do a better job than our Russian and Spanish rivals, and it is our turn. The fact