Coe: England may still win right to host 2018 WCup

LONDON (AP) — London 2012 Olympics chief Sebastian Coe says England could still win the right to host the 2018 World Cup despite the forced resignation of bid chairman David Triesman.

Triesman quit after a British newspaper printed details of a recorded conversation in which Triesman suggested Russia could help Spain bribe World Cup referees in return for support for its own bid.

The controversy appeared to hugely diminish England's chances of winning enough votes to host the tournament but Coe says "not very much has altered."

Coe led the British team that won the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games.

He is also on the board of the 2018 bid team and said Tuesday that "the foundation stones of a good bid are in place."