FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke has today, 11 May 2011, sent a letter to The Football Association Chairman David Bernstein in which he, on behalf of FIFA, requests a complete report from Lord David Triesman (former Chairman of The FA) on the statements that he made yesterday in front of the House of Commons, as well as any and all documentary evidence at his disposal in relation to those statements.
The FIFA Secretary General has also sent a letter to The Sunday Times to ask the newspaper to provide FIFA with any piece of evidence with regard to the statements made to MP John Whittingdale.
In his letter to The FA, the FIFA Secretary General expresses the extreme concern of FIFA and the FIFA President at the latest allegations questioning the integrity of some FIFA Executive Committee members in connection with the bidding procedure for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups™.
He adds that to be in a position to examine the situation thoroughly and with clear-sightedness, FIFA asks The FA to submit a complete report from Lord David Triesman, by means of which the latter would relate his declarations fully and provide any and all documentary evidence at his disposal.
In addition, the FIFA Secretary General also asks The FA to assist in providing FIFA with the parliamentary records/report in connection with the statements and testimonies made by Lord David Triesman at the House of Commons.
Meanwhile, in the letter to The Sunday Times, FIFA refers to a previous exchange of correspondence by means of which FIFA understood that The Sunday Times had already provided world’s football governing body with all of the evidence and documentation at its disposal.
Nevertheless, FIFA asks the English newspaper to submit as soon as possible any other piece of evidence that it may be in possession of and which has not yet been sent to FIFA. In particular, reference is made in the letter to the allegations regarding a “whistleblower who had worked with the Qatar bid”, who allegedly made some declarations regarding the matter in question.