Fifa investigate £35,000 FA payment made by England's 2018 World Cup bid team
Payment was made in an alleged attempt to woo Caribbean officials
Monday 16 June 2014
FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia is investigating a gala dinner England's 2018 World Cup bid organisers held for Caribbean officials.
Garcia, who is investigating corruption in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, is questioning England 2018 officials about picking up the huge tab, according to the Guardian.
The dinner in February 2010 was part of efforts to woo then-FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, once a hugely influential figure who has since quit football in disgrace, it has been claimed.
Sources close to England's bid say lawyers are comfortable the bid team did not break any rules - the Football Association is yet to comment.
Garcia is also looking at all friendly matches played by bidding nations. However, England's friendly against Trinidad & Tobago in June 2008 is not likely to be questioned as it took place before official registration.
The bid team did promise a friendly against Thailand but pulled out once they knew they had lost the vote.
FIFA's bidding rules state that bidders should refrain from "any benefit, opportunity, promise, remuneration, or service" to any members, consultants or their families.
The £35,000 fed 160 people from the Caribbean Football Union.
However, it pales in comparison to the £1m Qatar spent sponsoring the Confederation of African Football's congress and Australia 2022's £300,000 grant to Warner's CONCACAF centre of excellence.
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