England were dragged into the World Cup bribery probe on Sunday night after it emerged its 2018 bid team had been quizzed about paying for a £35,000 dinner organised by disgraced former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner. The chief investigator of football’s world governing body is understood to have asked England 2018 executives why they agreed to pick up the bill for the event, which took place 10 months before the vote to decide the location of the 2018 and 2022 tournaments. Michael J Garcia’s interest in the arrangement will spark fears that England could be sanctioned for a breach of rules which prohibited bid committees from providing “any benefit, opportunity, promise, remuneration or service” to those involved in the 2010 vote. Qatar’s triumph in the 2022 contest has been the focus of most of the corruption allegations which have emerged in recent weeks following investigations spearheaded by The Daily Telegraph. But the bidding process for the 2018 tournament – which was awarded to Russia – has also been investigated by Garcia. The American’s probe is understood to have included examining all friendly matches played by bidding nations with the countries of Fifa executive committee members ahead of the 2010.
England World Cup 2018 bid team quizzed by Fifa investigator Michael Garcia over £35,000 dinner
The Telegraph | Jun 16