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English FA hit by UK parliamentary vote

Press Association logoPress Association 9/02/2017

British Football Association chairman Greg Clarke insists his organisation remains committed to reform despite being hit with a vote of no confidence from the UK parliament.

The FA has faced repeated criticism its board is failing to reflect and represent the diversity of the game and its governance was debated by MPs on Thursday, culminating in the embarassing vote.

The FA risks losing the majority of a GBP30 million ($A49 million) grant if plans for reform, due to be submitted by the end of March, are not approved by British Sports Minister Tracey Crouch.

The motion was passed unopposed, although Crouch acknowledged it was "six weeks premature" given the end of March deadline for submitting reform proposals.

"It's up to the FA if they wish to play Russian roulette with public money," Crouch said.

"I think it's fair to say, given the debate we've had and the number of representations I and other members have received, that they will lose.

"The FA's current model does not, in my opinion, and clearly that of other colleagues, stand up to scrutiny. Reform is therefore required."

Crouch also hit back at comments from Barry Taylor, a life vice-president of the FA, who said the governing body was now rich enough to stand alone and should resist wholesale change.

She said governments had given the FA millions of pounds for the new Wembley Stadium and St George's Park, as well as further funding through various different schemes.

"So while Mr Taylor and others might not see the threat of removing public money as a serious one, they should just reflect that it is not just about the millions of pounds they get from Sport England, but all the other financial aspects as well," she said.

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