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.
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".
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."
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.
"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.
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.
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."
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 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."