Fan led review into English football calls for independent regulator

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A fan led review into English football has called for an independent regulator to stop it “lurching from crisis to crisis”.

Former sports minister Tracey Crouch chairs the review and told BBC Sport “This is a huge opportunity for football. We've seen football lurching from crisis to crisis over the past decade and unfortunately we haven't had the right levels of regulation in place to stop that from happening.” The review has commissioned by the Government, and it is understood that they would support the idea of an independent regulator.

The FA has appointed Navin Singh as its new commercial director.

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Singh joins English football’s governing body after five years with the prestigious United States Golf Association. As chief commercial officer, he led the USGA’s global commercial strategy for its assets including the major men’s and women’s U.S. Open championships.

Disciplinary charges, responses and suspensions for October 2021

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Finn O’Boyle, Harrogate Town U18 
Doncaster Rovers FC v Harrogate Town U18 
Youth Alliance – North East 
27/10/2021 
S2 Violent Conduct 

Result – Claim upheld. 3 match suspension removed 
 
MASS CONFRONTATION (FAST TRACK 2) – STANDARD CASE 

Blackpool FC, English Football League Championship 
Blackpool FC v Preston North End FC 
English Football League Championship 
23 October 2021 

Council and shareholders approve board structure changes to increase independence

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Our Board has unanimously recommended changes to its own structure to increase its overall independence. This was today approved by both our Council and Shareholders.

The new proposals will result in the appointment of two further independent Non-Executive Directors, increasing the current Board from 10 to 12 people. The new Board would therefore comprise of the Independent Chair, The FA CEO, four Independent Non-Executive Directors, three National Game Representatives and three Professional Game Representatives. 

Premier League clubs and ECA members set to restrict players travelling to red-list countries for international duty

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European Club Association (ECA) members are set to prevent their players from traveling to red-list countries in September for international duty unless quarantine exemptions are made.

The UK currently has a 10-day quarantine period in a managed hotel in force for any individuals travelling to countries on the red list, this isolation period would result in players missing multiple Premier League games. Clubs across Europe in major leagues are facing a similar problem with the international break starting at the beginning of September.

Update from The FA on investigation into complaint against Ezgjan Alioski

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The FA can confirm that no disciplinary action will be taken for a gesture made by Leeds United FC’s Ezgjan Alioski following a thorough investigation. 

During a Premier League fixture on Saturday 15 May 2021 at Turf Moor Stadium, a complaint was made by a Burnley FC player that Leeds United FC’s Alioski had made a gesture, which was also captured on footage, towards another Burnley FC player during the 69th minute that could potentially be perceived as discriminatory. 

FA statement following formal complaint at Wycombe Wanderers v Fleetwood Town match

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On 08 July 2020, The FA received a formal complaint from Wycombe Wanderers FC (WWFC) in relation to a potentially discriminatory comment made by a member of Fleetwood Town FC (FTFC) during the clubs’ EFL League One Play-Off Semi-Final second leg on 06 July 2020. It was alleged that the member of FTFC had referred to a WWFC player as a “fat water buffalo”.

Football Leadership Diversity Code expands into the wider English game

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We have today launched a version of the Football Leadership Diversity Code tailored for the National League System, Women’s pyramid and grassroots football, aiming to tackle inequality and improve representation of diverse groups across senior leadership positions, wider team operations and coaching roles.

The Football Leadership Diversity Code has been developed in collaboration with club leaders, community football representatives, County FA chief executives and others across the game to ensure English football at all levels better represents our modern and diverse society.

The FA issue a statement following UEFA's sanction over EURO 2020 final

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Although we are disappointed with the verdict, we acknowledge the outcome of this UEFA decision.

We condemn the terrible behaviour of the individuals who caused the disgraceful scenes in and around Wembley Stadium at the UEFA EURO 2020 Final, and we deeply regret that some of them were able to enter the stadium.

Edleen John writes for the England Programme about ongoing fight against racism

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It’s been a difficult year for many of us and as we experienced this summer, football can serve to remind us of some of the things we’ve been missing out on.

Major tournaments are a brilliant opportunity to unite friends, families and the country. They are a hugely exciting time for everybody, and your collective support is what spurs our team on during matches, giving them the best chance of succeeding.

The FA has published its Media Essentials Guide for the 2021-22 season

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We have today published our Media Essentials Guide for the 2021-22 season.  

This guide is produced each season to support print, broadcast and online journalists who are responsible for understanding our Rules and Regulations and ensure they report on any incidents accurately for their viewers, readers or listeners.  

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