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The FA adds second female director to the board

The FA board now has two women on the board following another new appointment last month. Credit: PA

London-based lawyer Rupinder Bains has joined the Football Association board as a non-executive director, the national governing body has announced.

Bains, the founder and managing director of law firm Pinder Reaux, will represent the interests of the professional game alongside the chairman of the Premier League's football board Peter McCormick and Scunthorpe United chief executive James Rodwell.

Her arrival brings the number of women on the board to two, following Buildbase chief executive Kate Tinsley's appointment as an independent director last month. Bains will also join the FA Council.

In a statement, she said: "I'm very proud and honoured to be offered this role within the Football Association.

"This is an organisation with fantastic history and traditions, governing a huge constituency of footballing personnel from grassroots up to international level.

"It is a significant moment in the governance of the FA and I am delighted to be embarking on a journey looking at the broader issues and I am hoping to be able to contribute to the evolving and developing nature of the Football Association and to the most widely supported sport in the world."

Before this summer, Bains would have needed to hold a position at a club or league to be one of the professional game's representatives but the rules were relaxed as part of the raft of reforms the FA brought in to meet sports minister Tracey Crouch's new governance code.

FA chairman Greg Clarke welcomed Bains onto the board saying she had a "demonstrable track record of success in business and a good knowledge of football from her legal and commercial work".

Fourth substitutes allowed in FA Cup from this week's replays

Teams will be allowed to bring on a fourth substitute in extra time from the first round of the FA Cup this season. Credit: PA

Teams will be allowed to bring on a fourth substitute in extra time from the first round of the FA Cup this season, the Football Association has announced.

Last season, a fourth substitute was allowed from the quarter-final stage onward and the idea is part of a two-year trial approved by the game's law-making body, the International Football Association Board, in 2016.

Teams will still select a maximum of seven substitutes and be able to use three of them during normal time.

There are five first-round replays scheduled from Tuesday to Thursday this week, with £18,000 in prize money available to the winners. The second round will be played over the weekend of December 2-3.

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Sam Allardyce finishes meeting with FA

Sam Allardyce Credit: PA

England manager Sam Allardyce has finished his meeting with the FA at Wembley.

No decision has yet been made, ITV News Sports Editor, Steve Scott reports.

England's new coach was filmed by The Telegraph allegedly negotiating a consultancy deal with undercover reporters purporting to represent a Far East firm.

Police and FA searching for Wembley trouble-makers

The FA are searching for Millwall fans who caused trouble at Wembley. Credit: PA

The Football Association and Metropolitan Police are continuing to search for a number of Millwall fans who caused trouble during the League One play-off final.

Barnsley's return to the Championship after their 3-1 win over the Lions on Sunday was overshadowed by trouble during and after the game.

A group of Millwall supporters attempted to break into the Barnsley end at Wembley, forcing a number of supporters to move to stay out of the way as the violence broke out and the club has vowed to hand out lifetime bans to anyone found guilty.

Fifteen arrests were made outside the ground but there have been no arrests with regards to the trouble inside Wembley.

The FA is working with members of both clubs and the Metropolitan Police to identify those who were involved in the disturbances and issued a statement surrounding the issue.

The FA condemns the disorder caused by a small number of fans at the League One play-off final between Barnsley and Millwall at Wembley Stadium.

We will work closely with the clubs, the Football League and the Metropolitan Police to identify those involved and take appropriate action.

We would like to take this opportunity to praise the actions of our stewards and the police, who responded responsibly under provocation.

– The FA

FA to invest £260m in grassroots football

The FA has decided to invest a total of £260million at the base of the English game. Credit: PA

The Football Association will try to improve England's national team by pumping £260m into grassroots football over the next four years.

With the number of English players in the top flight decreasing, there is more need than ever to invest money at grassroots level to try to ensure the next generation of stars make it to the top.

The FA has, therefore decided to invest a total of £260million at the base of the English game from 2015-2019.

That is an increase of £60m on the previous four-year period, which came to an end this summer.

The FA hopes the investment will help it develop better players, coaches and improve training facilities.

The FA is particularly keen to encourage grass roots development of the women's game in light of England's success at the World Cup in Canada this summer, and disabled football too.

"I have spoken to a number of counties and leagues and they say they have been inundated with girls coming to them and saying they want to play football," said former England international Kelly Simmons, who is now the FA's Director for Participation and Development.

"That's really heartening. The interest has never been higher. We have to capture those inspirational moments and bring them into clubs."

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