Sports min­is­ter wel­comes FA shake-up

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: Bri­tain’s sports min­is­ter wel­comed changes to the setup of the Eng­land FA who risked los­ing mil­lions of pounds of pub­lic money if they did not al­ter their struc­ture.

Sev­eral changes were agreed at the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of English foot­ball’s govern­ing body at Wem­b­ley on Thurs­day after FA chair­man Greg Clarke had pressed for re­form.

The main al­ter­ations have seen the FA’s board re­duced from 12 mem­bers to 10, with three seats re­served for women from 2018, and the in­tro­duc­tion of term lim­its.

“I’m ab­so­lutely de­lighted the FA have un­der­stood the im­por­tance of good gov­er­nance and implemented these re­forms,” Sports Min­is­ter Tracey Crouch told Bri­tain’s Press As­so­ci­a­tion.

“And I pay tribute to Greg Clarke for making it clear that the FA are com­mit­ted to com­ply­ing with the new gov­er­nance code.”

From Novem­ber, any or­gan­i­sa­tion want­ing pub­lic money from fund­ing agency Sport Eng­land or the elite UK Sport must com­ply with Crouch’s gov­er­nance code.

Had the FA failed to re­form, they stood to lose some £15 mil­lion (RM82.5 mil­lion) in pub­lic money.

For­mer Le­ices­ter City and English Foot­ball League chair­man Clarke vowed to quit the FA if a re­form pack­age failed to go through, with doubts about the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s abil­ity to charge summed up when the House of Com­mons passed a “no con­fi­dence” vote in the FA’s abil­ity to re­form them­selves in Fe­bru­ary.

Clarke said on Thurs­day in an FA state­ment: “This is a sig­nif­i­cant mo­ment and a very pos­i­tive step.

“Good cor­po­rate gov­er­nance is es­sen­tial for any suc­cess­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion and these new re­forms have the in­ter­ests of foot­ball at their core. They will ben­e­fit all of English foot­ball.” AFP

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