The English government has agreed to support the Football Association with only £2.5 million for its 2018 World Cup Bid, The Telegraph reports, only half of the direct funding the FA had hoped for.
Prime Minister Gordon Brown stated last week that the Government would fully support England’s bid, which raised the confidence of FA chairman Lord Triesman in securing the full £5 million in financial support.
The final terms and conditions of the £2.5 million offer from Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe have not yet been concluded. No funds will be released until full budget details for the bid are outlined. The funding is not to be used for the salaries of those on the bid board.
The decision not to offer the £5 million, which would bring the bid budget of £15 million, is a surprise to Triesman, who understood that the Government would support the World Cup event in England with up to GBP 300 million, including tax benefits and security costs.
Issues regarding Lord Triesman’s ability to lead England’s bid, and his questionable £100,000 part-time annual salary for his role as FA chairman, have been raised during negotiations. There are doubts about whether he can deliver the bid and hold his position at the same time.
One of the 2018 World Cup bid promotional videos.