Sunday 19 January 2020

Paper faces backlash over FA chief's gaffe

Cahal Milmo in London

'THE Mail on Sunday' newspaper was yesterday facing a public backlash for printing damaging comments by the former Football Association (FA) chairman David Triesman, which have jeopardised England's chances of staging the 2018 World Cup.

The Press Complaints Commission said it had received 55 complaints about the story revealing details of a covertly recorded conversation between Mr Triesman and Melissa Jacobs, an economics graduate who claims to have had a six-month affair with him.

Mr Triesman, who immediately stepped down from his role as FA chairman and head of the 2018 bid, told Ms Jacobs privately that Spain and Russia, two of England's main rivals, were suspected of corruptly colluding. He has denied his relationship with Ms Jacobs is anything more than a friendship.

The online version of the newspaper was bombarded with complaints from England fans, who questioned whether private comments should have entered the public domain.

And a radio station poll found that 84pc believed the paper had been wrong to publish the comments. 'The Mail on Sunday' declined to comment on the criticisms. (© Independent News Service)

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