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Gary Lineker quits Mail on Sunday over Triesman story

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Gary Lineker is to stop writing articles for the Mail on Sunday after it published a story he says damaged England's 2018 World Cup bid.

The paper ran an article which alleged that Lord Triesman, then chairman of the 2018 bid team, had suggested Spain could drop its bid if rival bidder Russia helped bribe referees at this summer's World Cup.

Lord Triesman has since resigned from his position, as well as from his post as chairman of the Football Association.

Lineker, the former England captain and Match of the Day presenter, told Eddie Mair on Radio 4's PM that he could not continue as a columnist for a paper which had "clearly damaged" England's bid.

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