England's FA council accused of being 'predominantly male and white'

The Football Association chairman Greg Dyke believes the governing body is “overwhelmingly male and white” and has warned it could become irrelevant unless tackled.
The FA council is made up of approximately 100 members drawn from the professional and amateur ranks of the game and helps decide major policy issues for the organisation.
In a message to the annual meeting of the Football supporters federation Dyke said: “If you look at who’s supporting, who’s playing football, and then you look at the FA council – it doesn’t represent them.
“It’s still overwhelmingly male, overwhelmingly white in a world that isn’t overwhelmingly male and white, and somehow that has to be changed.
“We have to try and change it but we’re not alone, supporters have got to try and change it as well.”
The Football Supporters Federation campaigns on behalf of football fans, and its chairman Malcolm Clarke sits on the FA council as the fans’ representative.
Dyke’s message has echoes of his words during his time as director-general of the BBC in 2001 when he stated that the broadcaster was “hideously white”.
It also comes after Heather Rabbatts, an independent member of the FA board, complained last year about the lack of diversity on the FA chairman’s flagship England commission.
“We’ve got to look at how we involve the population of 21st century England and the mix it’s got,” said Dyke.
“If we just carry on like this – old, white males – we’re going to be increasingly irrelevant.”
Dyke also defended his England commission and said that something must be done to increase the talent pool in English football.
The commission announced a four-point plan to boost English football in May, which called for a new tier within the Football League to accommodate Premier League B teams and a reduction in non-home-grown players in Premier League squad
Source: BBC

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