Monday, November 29, 1999

Triesman resigns as FA chairman

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Football Association chairman David Triesman resigned on Sunday following a damaging newspaper report in which he suggested Spain and Russia were planning to bribe referees at next month's World Cup finals.On a dark day for the hierachy of English football, the FA said in a statement that the 66-year-old Triesman had left his post just hours after he stood down as head of the country's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.Extracts of a secretly taped conversation between Triesman and a former aide from his time as a government minister were published by the Mail on Sunday, including the allegations about rival 2018 bidders Spain and Russia.Triesman became the FA's first independent chairman in 2008.(Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Ed Osmond, To query or comment on this story email
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