The England blog - Good can come out of Triesman affair

By 23 May 2010 06:08

Lord Triesman's allegations were printed with no apologies by the Mail on Sunday, and the newspaper has been the subject of fierce criticism since.

There are two sides to the moral coin when running a story of this nature. Freedom of speech is a cornerstone of our society. Newspapers, rightly or wrongly, have the task of delivering information news to the public. It's inevitable that some opinions provoke a stronger reaction than others.

On the other side is common sense. Running the story, only a few days after David Beckham delivered the bid, has undoubtedly undermined the credentials of England's proposal. Did anyone at the Mail on Sunday fully understand the consequences of publishing the article?

In reaction, Gary Lineker has resigned from his column at the Mail on Sunday, some have proposed a boycott, and a number of Facebook groups have been set up to encourage people to steer clear of the paper.

But while the newspaper has almost certainly impacted England’s 2018 ambitions, it has also uncovered the deluded views of a man who holds a large amount of power within our game. And do we really need people like this running the FA?

The big question with regard to Lord Triesman, is how has someone who harbours such opinions managed to reach such a high level of authority within the game?

It's hard to believe he has never aired these views to others before this incident. What needs to come under scrutiny is the organisation and how its members emerge as leaders.

The Mail on Sunday has perhaps paved the way for a much-needed reform of the FA. England now has the opportunity to put in place an organisation that is capable of salvaging the bid and addressing issues within our domestic game.

- Chris Davie

Source: DSG

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