PtG Article 01.06.2010

FIFA drops Triesman investigation

FIFA will not continue to investigate controversial comments made by Lord Triesman after deciding there is "no indication that there is any basis to the allegations" that Spain and Russia were attempting to collude to bribe referees at the 2010 World Cup.

FIFA requested information from Russia and Spain and following a "thorough investigation" has decided there is no evidence with which to proceed.

A FIFA statement read: "FIFA has found no indication that there is any basis to the allegations reported by Lord Triesman. In the light of the circumstances, the chairman of the FIFA ethics committee has decided not to pursue this matter any further.

"However, he emphasised that it is essential to the integrity, image and reputation of FIFA and the competitions that the conduct of the member associations and the bid committees during their bid preparations complies with the highest standards of ethical behaviour.''