FA: 'No evidence' of racist songs at San Marino game
The FA has said it has not found any evidence that England fans sang a racist song during the World Cup qualifier against San Marino.
It follows media reports that racist chants were aimed at Rio Ferdinand and his brother Anton during last Friday's 8-0 victory for England.
Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE) subsequently contacted FIFA about the complaints and the FA is awaiting official notification of the incident, which could lead to England being forced to play behind closed doors.
While we have no reason to dispute the media reports which are without doubt made for the right reasons of fighting racism, at this time we have not found any recorded evidence of the specific discriminatory chanting referring to Rio and Anton Ferdinand and a vile 'bonfire' song.
We will of course continue to review all of our recorded footage. We recognise the importance of FARE's responsibility to report any incidents to FIFA.
We will liaise with FIFA and work with them to assist any investigation. Should evidence of any racial chanting be found we would expect action to be taken against individuals.
– Adrian Bevington, managing director, club england
Dyke to give up role at Brentford after FA appointment
Greg Dyke has a long background in football. He was a Director of Manchester United in the late nineties and since 2006 he has been non-executive Chairman of Brentford Football Club, the team he supported as a boy.
I was brought up in a household where my father was much more interested in whether or not you had won at football than whether you had passed your exams. In my case that was just as well.
I still turn out to play six-a-side some Thursday evenings although at my age I seem to spend more time injured than playing.
I supported my local team Brentford as a kid where my elder brother was a junior, watched York City while at university and followed Manchester United whenever I could.
I got involved in how the game was run when I was first involved in buying sports rights as Chairman of ITV Sport in the late eighties and later at the BBC. I learnt a lot in the years when I was on the Board of Manchester United and have seen the other side of the professional game at Brentford.