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FA to back Prince Ali in Fifa presidency race

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein is looking to become Fifa president. Credit: PA

The Football Association are set to throw their support behind Jordanian Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein in the Fifa presidency race.

Greg Dyke is understood to have offered support to the reformist Prince Ali, who will aim to oust Sepp Blatter.

It is expected that the FA will formally announce the decision after an upcoming board meeting.

Dutch FA president Michael van Praag - a strong Blatter critic - will also stand, but as he already has the minimum five supporting votes, the FA feel the more reformist candidates who run, the better.

FA 'making headway' in challenge to improve opportunities for black coaches

English Football is "making headway" in its attempts to improve opportunities for black coaches, the Football Association believes.

Rabbatts is seeing signs of progress. Credit: PA

Heather Rabbatts, the FA's diversity chief, made the observation after chairing a meeting between football authorities and campaign groups aimed at addressing the low numbers of black and minority ethnic (BAME) individuals in coaching or administrative positions.

There is now a clear programme of change which all the football authorities are working to. At its heart it is about ending the 'closed system' which has characterised football for so long.

The 'On Board' governance training programme supported by the FA and the PFA is now placing senior ex-BAME players on to boards to develop their experience to promote representation at the highest level of governance.

We're making headway on the coaching front too. On developing BAME coaches and managers both the FA and Premier League have schemes in place which will provide places for black coaches to gain elite experience and the Football League is developing its own proposals which it will take to its meeting in June.

– FA diversity chief Heather Rabbatts


Dave Whelan banned from football for six weeks

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has been banned from football-related activities for six weeks over comments he made regarding Jewish and Chinese people, the Football Association has announced.

Dave Whelan said recently he would resign as Wigan chairman if he was charged by the FA. Credit: Press Association

Whelan accepted an aggravated misconduct charge and the 78-year-old has also been fined £50,000, warned as to his future conduct and ordered to undertake a mandatory education programme.

The Wigan chairman has seven days in which to appeal or accept the sanction, which would be suspended until after the outcome of any appeal or would begin immediately if he decides to accept the punishment.

The Wigan chairman made the remarks in a newspaper interview defending his decision to appoint Malky Mackay as the club's new manager. Mackay is the subject of an investigation into alleged racist and anti-Semitic texts sent while he was in charge of Cardiff.

Adrian Bevington to step down from FA role

Bevington will step down at the end of December. Credit: PA

Adrian Bevington, one of the senior figures in the England set-up, is to leave the Football Association, it has been announced.

Bevington has been managing director of Club England for four years and the FA's communications director, and was one of those involved in the appointment of current England manager Roy Hodgson.

The 43-year-old said he wanted "a new challenge" after 17 years with the organisation. He leaves at the end of December.

Whelan: We used to call the Chinese ‘chingalings’

Whelan has risked further punishment with his latest comment. Credit: PA

Wigan owner Dave Whelan has risked further punishment from the Football Association after admitting he used to call the Chinese "chingalings."

The 78 year-old was granted a one week extension to respond to an existing charge yesterday after suggesting "Jewish people chase money" in an interview last month.

Whelan apologised for those comments through the Jewish Telegraph today, but has risked even greater punishment with his latest controversial remark.

“When I was growing up," he confessed. "We used to call the Chinese ‘chingalings’. We weren’t being disrespected [sic]. We used to say: ‘We’re going to eat in chingalings.’"

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