Irrespective of whether The Mail on Sunday is deemed to have been right or wrong in publishing the Triesman investigation ('Gary Lineker "helps" 2018 World Cup bid with Mail on Sunday column snub', prweek.com/uk, 18 May), we live in a passionately pro-football society. If this is later said to have played a factor in a negative outcome for the 2018 bid, it is possible that the football-loving public, and media, will have little time for the argument that it was in the public interest. - Rachel Froggatt
- MoS scored an own goal over Triesman 'scandal'
If it had been a genuine 'scandal' then, of course, the Mos would have been right to publish, but the heart of the story is just some ill-advised speculation from a man that most readers had never heard of. I believe the paper seriously misjudged this one and if England don't win the bid, a lot of people will blame it regardless of the real reasons. However, it was a good PR move from Lineker. - Eddie May
- Good call by Lineker to stay onside with the FA
Lineker has taken the view that the FA is more important to him than The MoS, which is a good call. There's only one FA, but there are many newspapers that would offer him a column. - James Allen
- Personal gain was at the heart of Triesman affair
Today it is Triesman, recently it was Byers, Hoon et al. So it is not only chip wrappers like The MoS that adopt the entrapment approach. The sad thing is, there are so many in our morally deteriorating society, like Triesman's former friend Ms Jacobs, whose primary motive is personal gain, not public interest. - Alastair MacDonald.