Beckham attempts to deflect Panorama effect

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David Beckham has teamed up with David Cameron and Prince William to try to repair any damage to England's 2018 World Cup bid from the BBC Panorama investigation.

Beckham, Cameron and England 2018 international president David Dein met Fifa president Sepp Blatter in Zurich this afternoon, and the Panorama allegations were among the topics discussed.

In a programme screened last night, Panorama claimed three of the 22 Fifa executive members who will take part in Thursday vote had accepted bribes during the 1990s, and another, Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, had attempted to buy World Cup tickets to supply touts.

Beckham insisted however that Panorama will not lose England votes.

The England midfielder said: "Me, David Dein, the Prime Minister and other members of the team sat down with President Blatter this morning and it was one of the topics that we spoke about and something that was cleared away.

"What we made clear to him, and what he already knows, is that if we get the World Cup in 2018 our media are right behind us, our media are so positive towards the sport and towards it growing in our country. It is something that could so big in our country.

"I think that President Blatter is well aware of the support that we will have for Fifa and the World Cup.

"He brought it up within the talks and obviously it was not the easiest of things to talk about. He realised that a lot of it was old stuff and a lot of it was said. A lot of things go on and it is out of our hands."

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