London: A 37-year-old woman, Melissa Jacobs,
forced the resignation of Lord Triesman as chairman of the
Football Association after she revealed intimate details of
their relationship as well as a series of remarks he made that
now threaten England`s hopes of hosting the 2018 World Cup.
The 66-year-old peer -- who delivered England`s bid for
the 2018 World cup with soccer star David Beckham this weekend
-- was caught on tape accusing Spain and Russia of planning to
bribe referees at this summer`s World Cup finals in South
Africa and resigned as soon as his remarks were made public.
According to Evening Standard, a tabloid, Jacobs, a
Civil servant, who stands to make about ?100,000 from the
revelations, had been receiving treatment for Obsessive
Compulsive Disorder at a clinic in America for several months.
Jacobs claimed that she and the Labour peer had a
six-month affair, which she ended after becoming uncomfortable
about having a relationship with a married man.
Quoting sources, the report said Jacobs claimed she
resigned from her job as a civil servant last week after
months of sick leave while receiving treatment in America -
and said she now wants to use the money she makes by selling
her story to found a specialist disorders clinic in London.
Jacobs, a biology graduate, allegedly met Lord Triesman
in a central London restaurant where he made a series of
claims about the football industry. He suggested that Spain
may withdraw its bid to host the 2018 World Cup if Russia,
another bidder, helped it to bribe referees in this summer
Although Lord Triesman said he and Jacobs were friends
who did no more than "kiss on the cheek", she has written a
raunchy internet blog in which she praised him as "an
extremely good kisser" who loved "caressing her body".
She has also kept almost 70 text messages from the peer.
Six years ago, Lord Triesman married former BBC executive
Lucy Hooberman, now 51.