Triesman denies World Cup bid is 'lightweight'

The grandees of England's World Cup 2018 bid were forced into a hurried defence of their campaign yesterday after coming under attack from two influential figures.

Lord Triesman, the FA chairman, and Andy Anson, the bid's chief executive, were both due to deliver speeches this morning at the Leaders in Football Conference at Stamford Bridge. However, the pair had to make an impromptu appearance yesterday to stress the bid was on track.

Jack Warner, the president of Concacaf, may be a somewhat discredited figure having been embroiled in a ticket-selling scandal before the 2006 World Cup finals, but he is influential in football being a Fifa vice-president and one of the 24 men who will vote next December on the World Cup's location.

Warner said the FA's bid was "lightweight" and lacked prominence. "England has the best infrastructure, the best league, the best history in the world and when I see all these things I ask why they are not doing better," he said. The Trinidadian added: "They don't have a divine right to hold it, but I feel they don't exploit their attributes. My colleagues are saying the people coming to them are lightweight. They need to be creative and innovative. I would take David Beckham for example and make him my ambassador. He has that stardust."

He added: "They need to get moving. I was in Rio de Janeiro last week and the name on people's lips for 2018 was Spain and then Russia. I'm not even sure what those countries are doing but I do know what England are not doing. If they don't get their act together they will lose."

Warner's criticism was echoed by Danny Jordaan, who masterminded South Africa's successful 2010 bid. Jordaan said: "There is a large global awareness of the English Premier League but that connection between a domestic product and a world event must be made."

Triesman responded that the bid was merely following Warner's previous advice not to repeat the errors of the failed 2006 bid and "be in people's faces" but to get to know them first. He added that the intention was always to step up the campaigning around now.

Anson was more acerbic. He said the FA "would not be rushed by outside influences". And in reference to Warner's surprise at Australia and Qatar, bid rivals, being allowed to hand out bags at the entrance to the conference, he said dismissively: "If we thought there was mileage in giving out carrier bags we'd do it, but we think there is more mileage in outlining our vision for football."

Warner was last night entertained to dinner by Triesman and Anson. The latter said, "We'll have a good debate with him in private." It must have been an interesting meal.

Mawhinney warns of impending wage crisis

Lord Mawhinney, the chairman of the Football League, yesterday admitted football's business model was unsustainable at all levels. "Wages simply follow television income," he said. "As wages increase, club debt increases. No one, except players and agents, makes money. In the Championship, in 2007-08, clubs spent an average of 87 per cent of revenue on wages. Is there any business in the world where such a percentage would be sustainable? Wage controls are not going to happen this week, but the debate is not finished because the problem is getting worse."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor