The plan this morning was to congratulate Chelsea on winning the double (while expressing some concern about Frank Lampard’s missed penalty), possibly mentioning that England’s game against the USA could be one of the best games of the first round and having a quick round up of any friendy results.
Usual Sunday morning routine: kitchen, put the kettle on, switch the radio on…and the lead story on Five Live is this.
Let’s make this clear immediately: after having spent so much time and effort on the 2018 bid, to have the chairman of the FA apparently scupper it less than a month before the 2010 tournament starts is a disaster that the bid may not recover from.
Lord Triesman needs to go now. But some of the things that he allegedly said have the ring of truth to them (although having had a quickÂ look at a list of recipients of the Legion d’Honneur no-one fits that particular profile) and there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that there will be attempts to bribe referees this summer. However, seeming to imply both the Spanish and the Russians will be complicit in this to a woman who was obviously employed by the Daily Mail as some kind of honey trap is a serious lapse of judgement on his partÂ and will probably cost England the 2018 World Cup.
However…a serious lapse of judgement has also been committed by the Daily Mail (the only mainstream newspaper to support Oswald Mosley’s blackshirts before World War II). The online article is peppered with snidey little comments about Lord Triesman’s politics (he’s an ex-Labour minister and at one point was a member of the Communist party): the comments at the bottom of the article are worth reading and contributing to.
Lord Triesman may have cost us the World Cup in 2010…but the contribution of the Daily Mail will have helped a lot.
Update: Lord Triesman stepped down from both his FA and Euro 2018 posts on Sunday.