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Lord Triesman critical of FA's role

Tue 8th Feb 2011 | Football Governance

The Government’s Football Governance Enquiry today heard Lord Triesman’s damning assessment of the Football Association.

Former FA chairman Lord Triesman accused the organisation of "backing out of regulating altogether".

Appearing before MPs on the culture, media and sport select committee, alongside the Channel 4 chairman, Lord Burns, and former FA chief executive Graham Kelly, Triesman described English football governance as "thoroughly unsatisfactory", adding "apart from onfield discipline, [the FA] has backed out of regulating".

Triesman, who was appointed the FA's first independent chairman in January 2008, said he had been frustrated by the lack of a unified regulatory system in the game.

"One of the things I found, is trying to describe how all the bodies have completely different approaches and things fall through the gaps, is very difficult," he said.

"When you try to describe that to football supporters it becomes almost impossible."

Triesman also said England's bid for the 2018 World Cup had "started on what turns out to be a completely false prospectus".

"I think there will be a time when the contact that I and others had with members of the executive committee should be described in detail because some of the processes I don't think stand up to proper scrutiny," he added.

"When we set off on the bid there was a huge amount of encouragement from Fifa.

"(That was) because we could do it, create tremendous returns, organise events of those kind and handle security.

"Had they said at the time that the aim was to break into new territories, then I would have advised the FA board not to start in the first place."

(bbcfootball)

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