Death By Committee; FA In Pass The Buck Manoeuvres

You can always tell when an organisation is in denial. They set up a lot of committees to look into the symptoms rather than the causes of their problems. From the look of the FA’s response to the DCMS Football Governance Enquiry of last year, it is quite clear that Freud would have a field day if he had them on his couch. Somehow or other, the urgency for root and branch reform has drifted past the moguls of the game. The FA response shifts responsibilities around but essentially does nothing for the key ills of the game – financial instability and fan disaffection. The game is sinking into laissez-faire chaos of evolutionary proportions and the FA chooses to swerve a golden opportunity to restore sporting values and ethics to the game. David Bernstein is quite sure it’s nothing to do with the FA how much money there is in the game and he doesn’t see it as their job to deal with it. The FA response boasts of Football being ‘Britain’s “greatest sporting export” and the most followed and largest professional game in the world,’ and claims that, ‘the FA, the National Game, and the Premier League and Football League, understand the responsibilities we share to grow and protect our sport,’ later adding it was the FA’s responsibility ‘to regulate the game effectively and with integrity.’ To my mind it...

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