A plan for England to play a friendly in Thailand to win backing for their 2018 World Cup bid was “a form of bribery”, investigators were told.
Ex-Football Association chairman Geoff Thompson made the admission when interviewed during an inquiry into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting bids.
On Tuesday, football’s world governing body Fifa released the full 2014 report of the investigation.
“Geoff Thompson candidly told the investigatory chamber he ‘didn’t think it was appropriate’ to organise the proposed England-Thailand match-up or other friendlies targeting teams associated with executive committee members ‘because I think it’s a form of bribery’.”
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