http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/9157121.stm According to FIFA insiders, Englands Word Cup bid has been harmed by the Telegraph investigation into corruption within the selection committee. Although not said explicitly, the inference is that the newspaper might be in league with the English bid committee to blacken the name of it's rivals. This strikes me as perverse on two counts: Firstly, the English press are so invasive and annoying because we have a free press in this country. We can't tell them what to do. It's annoying sometimes because far too many column inches are spent discussing the the latest attention-seeking skank that Rooney is banging. However, I fail to see how uncovering bung-taking FIFA members with their hands in the till is not a genuine public-interest story. England are seeking to gain an advantage by exposing their rivals to awkward scrutiny? Only the ones seeking to gain advantage by offering bungs to corrupt FIA officials - and I'd argue that they get everything that they deserve. Secondly, surely the fact that officials are taking back-handers is the pressing issue, regardless of who seeks to benefit from the revelations. The allegations against Mohammed Bin Hammam, Jack Warner and especially Sepp Blatter himself go back years - they always seem to shake of the accusations of corruption, if not the stench, so it's no surprising to see them reacting this way. Is the UK view on this so departed from the rest of the world? I can't believe it is, so why are these people still in power.