England officials quizzed

  • Last Updated: June 17 2014, 14:02 BST

Officials from England's failed bid for the 2018 World Cup have also been quizzed by FIFA ethics investigator Michael Garcia over the botched effort to provide designer handbags as gifts for the wives of FIFA members, it has emerged.

FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia has spoken to England bid officials
FIFA ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia has spoken to England bid officials

Garcia requested receipts confirming the cost of the handbags when he interviewed bid officials last year.

It has previously been revealed Garcia is investigating England 2018 funding a £35,000 dinner in the Caribbean, England friendly matches against Trinidad and Brazil and a planned game against Thailand which was cancelled after the bid's defeat.

The handbags controversy arose after an attempt to curry favour with FIFA members by England - and which back-fired spectacularly on the bid.

The first handbag was given to the wife of Jack Warner, the former FIFA vice-president who resigned in disgrace in 2011. But the revelation provoked criticism that infuriated Warner who returned it claiming it had become "a symbol of derision, betrayal and embarrassment for me and my family".

Garcia is investigating all the countries who bid for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and his main focus will be on allegations of corruption over Qatar 2022's win.

He may however question any attempts to influence FIFA members by incentives such as friendly internationals and development grants which a number of bidding nations organised, including Australia, Russia and Japan.