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'Outdated' FA warned it must change or face cut in government funding

  • 'Outdated' FA warned it must change or face cut in government funding

The Telegraph's Business of Sport conference kicked off with quite a bang Wednesday.

John Whittingdale, the United Kingdom's Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport, opened the conference by threatening to cut funding to the Football Association, saying the "outdated and unrepresentative" governing body "will not get a penny" of public money unless there is an overhaul in its governance model.

Whittingdale's warning comes after it was announced that Greg Dyke, the FA's chairman, failed to implement overdue reforms as he prepares to leave the governing body in June.

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"There are cases where certain minimum standards are not being met, in regard to independence, conflicts of interest and term limits," Whittingdale said, according to Owen Gibson of the Guardian. "This is a betrayal of athletes and the public alike. In future, where these standards are not met, we will not invest public money.

"I was disappointed to learn that the FA have once again rejected the opportunity to reform their outdated and unrepresentative governance model."

Whittingdale added: "I will be writing to the FA to make clear that if they don't make sufficient progress on reform, they will not get a penny of taxpayers' money in the future. We would look instead to route money for grassroots football to other organisations that will adhere to the code of good governance."

The FA may reportedly lose £30 million in funding unless changes are made. As Gibson writes, its council is comprised of 123 members, only six of whom are women and only four of whom are from the "black or ethnic minority" community. Furthermore, only one of the council's members is a players' representative and only one is a fans' representative.

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