The FA have shown themselves to be decisive in acting quickly to remove Lord Triesman from both his roles as chairman of the FA, and of England’s 2018 World Cup bid team.
In a bid to distance themselves from the remarks, the FA will hope that the hasty removal of Triesman will show Fifa that his views are not the same views held within the FA.
It is already a massive exercise in damage limitation, and in fairness to the FA, in the aftermath of the newspaper article they seem to have done as much as they can.
As far as I’m aware, Triesman is yet to withdraw the remarks, preferring instead to call it “speculation circulating about conspiracies in world football”.
It does though, sound hard to believe that Spain would be looking for help from the Russians to try and bribe referees during the upcoming World Cup, apparently in exchange for votes in the December ballot to decide who hosts the 2018 World Cup.
Although the FA could never publicly admit it, they must hope that these remarks are viewed to be the ramblings of a desperate old man trying to impress a young girl, remarks that can’t be taken seriously and shouldn’t be a massive deciding factor in the committees final decision.
But lets not get too carried away with all the doom and gloom, afterall, on paper it is still a strong bid, and there is also a lot that can happen in six months. Hopefully by the time the final decision is taken, this affair will be long forgotten and the decision will be based purely on merit.
It is now time for the FA to bring out the big guns, the likes of David Beckham, Lord Coe, Sir Bobby Charlton etc, to try and rescue the bid.
The FA now need to pull out all the stops, they need to really try and charm the Fifa executive committee. Why not get Prince William involved? Where is he, and what role could he play?
Why have him as the President of the FA if he is not prepared to get involved?
Another possible positive to take out of this mess is the total removal of Triesman from the FA as a whole. Speaking on national radio earlier in the week, Max Clifford suggested that not too many people at the FA will be disappointed to see the back of Triesman.
And after two World Cups in what could be classed as risky venues, in South Africa and Brazil, it is hoped within the FA that Fifa will be looking for a safe pair of hands with England for 2018.
Although the outcome of 2010 in South Africa could still be a factor, if it is a resounding success, Fifa might not be looking for the safety net of England in 2018.
The English usually start these sort of processes behind everyone else by virtue of the fact that we are English. Not everybody is a fan of the English attitude, we’re the home of football, or The FA, rather than the English FA, etc.
So in effect the FA are back at square one again.