FA chief quits

2010-12-04 08:57

London - Roger Burden, acting chairperson of the Football Association, has withdrawn his application for the permanent position saying he can no longer trust FIFA members after the failure of England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup.

"I recognise that an important part of the role is liaison with FIFA, our global governing body. I am not prepared to deal with people whom I cannot trust and I have withdrawn my candidacy," he said in a statement.

He added that England's bid team in Zurich, which included Prime Minister David Cameron and the second in line to the throne, Prince William, were promised votes which had not been delivered by the Executive Committee (Exco) members.

Burden, who was appointed in May after rising through the ranks of the FA as representative for Gloucestershire in central England, said he would continue as acting chairman until a successor could be found.

His decision followed a day of recriminations over England's bid, which attracted just two votes out of 22 -- one by their own representative -- from FIFA's executive committee in Thursday's poll to decide the venue for the 2018 World Cup.

The decision went to Russia which will stage football's biggest showpiece for the first time. Qatar beat the United States and three others in the vote to decide the hosts in 2022.

"I have no issue with Russia's winning bid. I am sure they will put on a great World Cup and I have congratulated them," Burden said.

"We were equal top of FIFA's own technical assessment of the four bids. We were top of an independent assessment of the best commercial bids and our presentation on Thursday was widely acclaimed as the best of the 2018 and 2022 bids.

"Against this background, I am struggling to understand how we only achieved two votes. It is difficult to believe that the voting was an objective process.

"On top of that, Prince William, the Prime Minister and other members of our delegation were promised votes that did not materialise."

Burden, who succeeded David Triesman who himself stood down after making leaked allegations of a corrupt 2010 World Cup plot between Spain and Russia, declined to blame the British media for England's failure in the vote at FIFA's Zurich HQ.

"I am well aware that some of the UK media coverage could have upset some of the FIFA executive committee. We have a free press in our country and we all have to live with adverse comment from time to time."

Earlier on Friday, England's bid chief Andy Anson suggested FIFA President Sepp Blatter influenced Exco members before the vote by reminding them of British media stories which alleged corruption against them and led to two being banned.

He said that unless the selection process was changed it was not worth bids like England's bothering with the process.


  • Jerome - 2010-12-04 09:28

    Does England think they own the world? U dominated the 60% of the world in the 18th century. Things have changed, the world will not bow down to you poms anymore.....wake up and smell blatters ass!!!

      Peter - 2010-12-04 09:49

      Malema is that you

      Ockert - 2010-12-04 10:10

      Jerome , dont you have any real thing to say, what has what you are mentioning got to do with the corrupt FIFA crowd. And iny case Russia commited genocide over how many years and got away with it ?

      adambanda2010 - 2010-12-04 10:10

      Ya tell them bro.its time they wake up and come to terms with it.

      scott - 2010-12-04 12:56

      jerome, well said bru. england are arrogant wankers

  • Hendrik - 2010-12-04 09:35

    i will not deny that there are serious bribing going on in FIFA, but really England, get over yourself! sorry ass idiots

  • Clive - 2010-12-04 09:44

    Chicken coming home to roast, I like it when English sulk:) You think you are the world supreme Fifa saw through you guys.You tried every trick in the book to disturb 2010 world cup (British airways airport drama, journalist sneaking into change rooms, websites against SA etc) How the hell do you think FIFA would give you a world Cup???????

  • Peter - 2010-12-04 09:48

    The Fifa gravy train moves on, at least England would put their stadiums to good use , we now have Soth Korea, South Africa and Russia with empty stadiums after the world cup

      Ockert - 2010-12-04 10:13

      Exactly and Sepp Blatter and his ilk coining it , over and under the table. And laughing about the fools that have been done in. Its almost like the 1400's when ship sailed the 7 seas and traded land for beads. Now it's for Sepps soccer circus.

  • Mpuma Fred - 2010-12-04 09:57

    and I'm not coming out to play again unless you are nice to me!!!!

  • Kaapie - 2010-12-04 10:05

    Idiot you should have payed them properly. Besides the Poms btrayed many people themselves so get over it

  • adambanda2010 - 2010-12-04 10:07

    England journalists should learn to shut up at times.their big mouths cost them the world cup they think they know it all.big up FIFA now we waiting for them to start rubbishing the hosts like they always do.England does not own the world its time u come to terms with it.

  • Mojalefa - 2010-12-04 10:20

    FIFA's World Cup selections, my highly uninformed sources tell me, are the successful culmination of years of intricate plotting and scheming behind the scenes to get rid of a heavy Burden. I like it when a plan comes together.

  • makabongwet - 2010-12-04 11:15

    This is the world cup we are talking about here and not the EPL. The world cup goes to Russia and the Middle East for the firts time. This is good for the sport, for the world and for development. The Middle East has something to look forward to over the next 11 years and this will surely generate a lot of goodwill, goodwill the world is in need of. There are far bigger objectives than the most promising commercial bids. The world does not live on bread alone and so do men. We live by words that come out of the word of the Lord and peace is certainly one of those words we ought to live by. London bridge is falling down, falling down, London bridge is falling down........

  • scott - 2010-12-04 12:58


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