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Greg Dyke 'deeply troubled' by Blatter's Qatar response

The chairman of the FA, Greg Dyke, has launched an attack on Fifa president Sepp Blatter after he criticised the British press for publishing claims of corruption in Qatar's 2022 World Cup bid.

FA chairman Greg Dyke. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Speaking at a meeting between Blatter and the executive committee of European football's governing body, Uefa, Mr Dyke said: "Many of us are deeply troubled by your reaction (to the Qatar corruption allegations). It is time to stop attacking the messenger and consider the message."

His fellow FA executive David Gill also said Mr Blatter's suggestion of "racism" in the British press was "totally unacceptable".

Read: Uefa leaders urge Sepp Blatter not to re-run for Fifa presidency

FA chairman: Scudamore emails 'totally inappropriate'

Chairman Greg Dyke said the Football Association is still of the view that the leaked Richard Scudamore sexism emails are "totally inappropriate," but no action will be taken.

Greg Dyke speaking at an event last week
Greg Dyke speaking at an event last week Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Mr Dyke reiterated in a statement that the FA had "made it clear that Mr Scudamore was not an employee of the Football Association."

The FA chairman also said that he had been reassured the Premier League's decision to back Mr Scudamore had "followed proper process" and came after a "thorough investigation."

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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."

Wenger: League shake-up plans 'do not make sense'

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said an FA proposal to create a new league that gives young English players more competitive playing time "does not make sense".

The Frenchman believes greater technical education of young players, rather than simply playing more matches, is key to the development of English football.

Arsene Wenger has raised concerns about FA plans to improve the England team. Credit: PA

"The time the kids spend on the pitch from the age of eight to 17 in training is too short. The time they spend in competition is too big, so to add more competition does not make sense," said Wenger.

"The sense is made by reducing the competition time and increasing the time in training. I have seen too many kids come to the age of 17 or 18 and they cannot head the ball, they have no left foot because they have not practised enough."

Under FA chairman Greg Dyke's proposals, the top clubs would field B teams in the lower divisions to give their youngsters more opportunities to play.

England boss Hodgson welcomes league overhaul

England manager Roy Hodgson has backed FA chairman Greg Dyke's plan to change the structure of English football by introducing B teams and a new division between the Conference and League Two.

I welcome the proposals and I know that the chairman - and indeed everyone who is passionate about English football - would strongly advocate the findings and recommendations.

We all have a responsibility when called to answer the question, 'how can we provide a better platform for the young England players of the future?'

– Roy Hodgson

Football fans react angrily to League 3 proposal

The FA's proposal to overhaul English football with a new 'League 3' has been widely criticised on Twitter, with many fans warning that it would be detrimental to lower league clubs.

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This League 3 malarkey is ridiculous. Would severely undermine the Football League and completely destroy the structure of English football.

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Fair distribution of the game's wealth would achieve 1000 times more than this execrable League 3 nonsense.

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A new 'League 3' shouldn't happen, it's stupid, basically making a mockery of the lower league clubs #NoToBLeague

Read: FA wants introduction of B teams to help England

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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.

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Hodgson and Ferdinand join England commission

England manager Roy Hodgson and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand have joined Football Association chairman Greg Dyke's England commission.

The appointments were announced a day after FA board member Heather Rabbatts publically criticised Mr Dyke for a lack of diversity on the commission.

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The FA can confirm Roy Hodgson and @rioferdy5 have agreed to join The FA Chairman Greg Dyke's England Commission.

Read: Dyke criticised over all-white and all-male commission

Dyke criticised over all-white and all-male commission

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has been criticised over his decision to name an all-white, all-male commission to improve the England team.

Greg Dyke has been criticised by an FA board member over the commission. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

Read: The England fan's guide to Brazil 2014

Heather Rabbatts, who is an FA board member, has written to other members on England football's governing body criticising the lack of diversity on the commission and saying the FA is letting down black players.

In her letter, she says she has tried to raise the issue privately but there has been a "refusal to understand" her position.

The letter says: "I believe that the lack of proper consultation on the make up of the commission, the fact that no approval was sought from the board...and the lack of diversity, have all meant that the opportunity to lead an informed debate on the future of English players has been damaged.

"I make the comments about diversity not because they are additional to this matter but because they lie at its heart."

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FA backs Roy Hodgson over half-time joke

The Football Association has given its "full support" to England football coach Roy Hodgson after he was criticised for a joke he made at half-time during a World Cup qualifier with Poland.

FA Chairman Greg Dyke has backed England football coach Roy Hodgson
FA Chairman Greg Dyke has backed England football coach Roy Hodgson Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

FA Chairman Greg Dyke said Roy Hodgson "is a man of the highest integrity, an honourable man who is doing a great job with the England team. He has and deserves the full support of The Football Association".

In a statement on the FA website, Dyke added: “He has made clear there was no intent to say anything inappropriate, and he was certainly not making any comments with any racist connotation. Importantly, he has apologised for any unintended offence that may have been taken."

The FA said it had not received any complaints from the players after talking to the squad "extensively" to determine whether they had any problems with Hodgson's behaviour.

“He has fully explained to us what he said and the point he was making to the players in the dressing room at half-time on Tuesday night," Dyke said.

"He has also explained the context in which he made his remarks."

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