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Dyke: Ched Evans' return to football 'is not clear cut'

The issue of whether convicted rapist Ched Evans should return to football is "not clear cut", FA chairman Greg Dyke has said.

While Dyke refused to give his own view on Sheffield United allowing Evans to train following his release from prison, he said there is a "straightforward question" that needs to be answered.

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said there is a 'straightforward question' that needs to be answered. Credit: Patrick Seeger/DPA/Press Association Images

He told BBC's Newsnight: "Here's the straightforward question - are people who go to prison entitled to come out of prison and to try and rebuild their lives or aren't they?

"Or is what they've done so bad and because they're in an industry where their image is important - and that's the dilemma and it's not clear cut."

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Garcia's comments 'make mockery of whole process'

FA chairman Greg Dyke says Michael Garcia's comments about his Fifa investigation "make a mockery of the whole the process."

"If the person who did the investigation says the report didn't reflect what he believed, then I'm a bit shocked by it all," he said.

"Most of the criticism is of people of who cooperated the most fully.

"If you actually cooperated, you don't get criticised, which seems very weird to me."

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".

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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 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."

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
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