* Acting FA chairman says 'can't trust' FIFA
* Withdraws candidacy for permanent position
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By Mike Collett
LONDON, Dec 3 Roger Burden, acting chairman 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the Football Association, has withdrawn his application for the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with people whom I cannot trust and I have withdrawn my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 soccer'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,"
"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
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 LDE6B20QG 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.
"When you have the best technical bid, fantastic inspection
visits and the best economic report -- and from what people told
us the best presentation yesterday -- it's quite hard to stomach
that seemed to count for absolutely nothing.
"Having only 22 guys voting gives them too much power and
(Editing by Jon Bramley and Justin Palmer
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