Allegations that the 1966 World Cup was rigged in England’s favour by Sir Stanley Rous were sent out to the Foreign Workplace by concerned diplomats, a brand-new book about the previous Englishman to be the Fifa president has actually revealed.

João Havelange, the head of Brazilian football who went on to be successful Rous, declared that Rous had packed the match officials list with Englishmen, with the favourites Brazil then facing organised disruption such as locked-up training grounds and uncut yard on the training pitches.

In August 1966, the British Embassy in Rio sent out a report of Havelange’s claims, including that “England took care to arrange the visit of political referees … and to offer evidently, the appropriate financial benefit.” The British ambassador, John Shakespeare, described Havelange’s claims