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English team 'accommodated' Warner in 2018 World Cup bid

 

By Staff Reporter

The England 2018 World Cup bid team made a determined effort to win over former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, and "often accommodated his wishes, in apparent violation of bidding rules", the Garcia report has found.

Fifa's long-awaited report into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process was published by the world governing body yesterday.

The report identified "conduct by England 2018 that may not have met the standards set out in the FCE (Fifa code of ethics) or the bid rules".

It adds that the English bid team's "culpability is mitigated by the fact that these issues were uncovered largely as a result of its co-operation".

Warner had been a long-standing member of the Fifa executive committee, but became embroiled in corruption allegations before being provisionally suspended by the Fifa ethics committee.

He was then subsequently arrested and charged whilst in the United States of America as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe into money-laundering.

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