Report on alleged corruption in Qatar 2022 World Cup bid published
Report on alleged corruption in Qatar 2022 World Cup bid publishedGetty

England have been heavily criticised in a corruption report for "undermining the integrity" for the bidding process for the 2018 World Cup.

The Football Association was found to have "attempted to satisfy" improper demands by former Fifa executive, Jack Warner.

A statement by Hans Joachim Eckert on the report by an independent ethics committee, slammed the English bid for agreeing to Warner's wishes "time and again, thereby damaging the image of Fifa and the bidding process."

England garnered only two votes when Fifa's powerbrokers met to decide the venue for the 2018 World Cup. Officials subsequently criticised the process, which Russia won.

Conservative MP Damian Collins has criticised Fifa's latest report, saying the governing body "are trying to con people that there has been a proper independent inquiry when there hasn't been."

Russia was cleared of any allegations in relation to its own bid to host the 2018 edition of the competition.

Qatar has also been cleared of corruption in a report on the bid process for the 2022 World Cup.

The Fifa statement found no reason to reopen the bidding process for the 2018 or 2022 World Cups.

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