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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.’"


Dave Whelan gives FA his thoughts on 'racist' comments

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has met a deadline to give the Football Association his "observations" on his recent comments that were accused of being racist and anti-Semitic.

The 78-year-old had until 6pm this evening to offer his thoughts in a document to English football's governing body.

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has pledged to resign if found guilty of racism by the Football Association. Credit: Barrington Coombs/PA Wire

Mr Whelan apologised for any offence caused by his comments in a newspaper interview.

Since learning he is being investigated by the FA, he has threatened to resign his position if found guilty of making racist remarks.

The FA said it will now "consider" his observations as part of the ongoing investigation.

FA apologise for anti-IRA chanting

England were convincing winners over Scotland in Glasgow. Credit: PA

The Football Association has issued an apology after a section of England's supporters chanted an anti-IRA song throughout the first-half of Tuesday's international in Scotland.

A spokesman for the FA said: “We apologise for any offence caused by a section of the England support at the match with Scotland. The FA does not condone inappropriate and offensive chanting and intends to meet with supporters’ groups to discuss the wider issues.

“We have consistently urged supporters to show respect and not to chant songs that could be regarded as insulting to others - particularly from a religious or political perspective.

“With regard to the supporters’ band, there was contact during the match once the situation became clear. This is consistent with regular dialogue that takes place between the band and The FA.

“In also apologising, the band have given an explanation and confirmed they in no way endorse the chanting that occurred.”?

England band leader was 'unaware' of anti-IRA chant

England's band follow the team everywhere. Credit: PA

The leader of England's band was "unaware" of anti-IRA chants from England fans inside Celtic Park on Tuesday.

The FA were forced to contact the band during last night's international friendly between Scotland and England to prevent them from assisting with the offensive chant.

John Hemmingham, who formed England's band 21 years ago, told Press Assocation:

"We were absolutely not aware of it. All the fans around us were singing ’Follow England Away’. It was only when a band member saw on Twitter that some people were saying we were playing anti-IRA songs that we became aware. Then we immediately stopped and played something else.”

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