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FA chief: 'Fifa could consider stripping Qatar of Cup'

The chairman of the Football Association, Greg Dyke, has added his voice to calls for a re-run of the 2022 World Cup bidding process if allegations of corruption in Qatar's bid are proven.

Mr Dyke told Radio 4's Today programme: "I think it clearly has to be investigated as a matter of urgency by Fifa.

"And I think if it is shown that the process was corrupt or was corrupted then I do think there will have to be a whole discussion about whether or not you take it away from Qatar.”

England hotel fined for not providing condoms

The hotel where the England team will be based in Rio has been fined for not providing condoms to guests, says Brazil's health inspector group Procon.

The news comes after out-of-date food was found at both the England and Italian teams hotels in Rio de Janeiro.

The consumer health group said:

In Sao Conrado, at the Hotel Royal Tulip, where the England team will be based, 2.362kg of unusable butter, Parma ham and salmon was seized.

The hotel was also fined for not providing condoms to guests.

– Procon Website

The agency also said neither hotel provided condoms for sale at cost, nor information about sexually transmitted diseases, as required by law.

Both hotels have 15 days to make official explanations to the government agency before any fines can be levied.

Chef 'happy with the cleanliness' of England's hotel

The chef responsible for cooking meals for England's World Cup stars, has assured the FA that he is happy with the cleanliness of the hotel facilities, despite reports of expired food.

An FA Spokesman said:

The England chef has visited the Royal Tulip hotel several times and is happy with the cleanliness of the facilities.

He will also closely supervise all the players' food intake.

– FA Spokesman

Expired food seized at England team's hotel in Rio

Unusable food has been seized at the England's World Cup hotel in Rio de Janeiro, but the Football Association have insisted that they are not worried by the reports.

Manager Roy Hodgson has set a diet for all players while in Brazil for the World Cup. Credit: Virga­lio Rodrigues/Atlantico/PA

A search of the hotel found 4.5lb of butter, parma ham and salmon which was past its expiry date.

The food was then seized by health inspectors Procon from the Royal Tulip hotel in Rio, 15 days before the World Cup kicks off.

An inspection at the Italian teams' base similarly found expired produce.


Dyke: Scudamore emails 'a matter for Premier League'

The chairman of the Football Association, Greg Dyke, has said the row over emails sent by the chief executive of the Premier League, Richard Scudamore is "a matter for the Premier League".

Mr Scudamore made controversial remarks about women in private emails which were leaked to the Sunday Mirror.

He has acknowledged the comments were "inappropriate" and apologised for "any offence caused".

Mr Dyke appeared to distance the FA from with the controversy, saying: "This remains a matter for the Premier League to consider. The FA remains wholly committed to promoting diversity and will continue to work on challenging discrimination and developing future women leaders."

FA wants introduction of B teams to help England

The Football Association's chairman Greg Dyke has presented the findings of his England Commission report, which was set-up to look at ways of improving the national team's fortunes.

The major points in the report were:

  • The much reported B team concept is accurate with a separate league (League 3) between League 2 and the Conference.
  • Premier League clubs would be given the option to enter League 3 or the Conference. They could not be promoted beyond League 1.
  • This new league 3 would consist of the top 10 conference teams and perhaps 10 Premier League B teams.

The other major issue is home grown players and the number of mediocre non-EU players who are granted work permits even though current regulations are supposed to bar all but the exceptionally talented.

  • The FA believes that no non-EU players should be allowed to join any club outside the Premier League.
  • They are in favour of introducing a cap of two non-EU players in any Premier League squad.

FA 'aware of developments' in spot-fixing investigation

The Football Association (FA) said:

The FA has been made aware of developments in relation to an ongoing NCA (National Crime Agency) investigation, including a number of further arrests.

We are liaising with the authorities in relation to these allegations.

The FA will make no further comment at this time.

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