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Category: The FA

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Mixed reception for proposal to ban children heading footballs

Campaigners welcome ‘positive step’, but some working in children’s football question how enforceable it would bePeter Monk gave a wry response when asked if he thought children should be allowed to head a football from a young age.“To be honest, with …

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Extra FA Cup games offered to BBC and BT Sport after betting outcry

• FA talks to broadcasters after gambling companies step aside • Games could also be streamed on governing body’s websiteBroadcasters look likely to televise more FA Cup matches live, after the Football Association confirmed it was discussing how to en…

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FA in talks over ending exclusive Cup deals with betting companies

FA considering withdrawing from deals or renegotiatingConcerns that cost could be prohibitiveThe Football Association is discussing whether it can withdraw from the controversial arrangement which allows betting companies to show live FA Cup matches ex…

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Politicians must take their share of blame for growth in football betting | David Conn

The FA has questions to answer but so too do governments past and present over the rapid rise of football betting since deregulation in 2005It was, on the face of it, classic haplessness of the Football Association to have used the FA Cup third round a…

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Revealed: seven UK betting companies are live-streaming FA Cup games

• FA under fire over arrangement and urged to reconsider• Rights sold on by IMG under deal done before FA cut betting tiesSeven UK betting websites are live-streaming FA Cup matches as part of a TV and media rights deal struck by the Football Associati…

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Just a minute: why mental health is worth delaying FA Cup ties for | Barry Glendenning

Football offers numerous examples of why mental health matters and the importance of the saying, ‘it’s OK not to be OK’Jimmy Carr used to tell a joke about being stopped in the street by one of those clipboard-wielding charity muggers who asked him if …

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Football fans may need to take the lead in tackling racism at grounds | Letters

David Wall and Phillip Vine respond to Barney Ronay’s call for English football to combat racism, while Phil Richards points to Brexit as a cause for the resurfacing of the problemBarney Ronay argues that English football should take the lead in trying…

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FA’s burden of proof over racism may need a higher standard | Louise Taylor

Repercussions for the guilty can be far-reaching and there are nagging fears about the level of proofTravel may broaden the mind but some trips are definitely not for the faint-hearted. A navigation of the area of the Football Association’s website con…

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Agent Saif Rubie banned for six weeks and fined over ‘improper’ use of Twitter

• Tweets related to Adam Johnson and England Women’s team• Rubie claimed ‘dirty dishes’ tweet referred to male cleanerThe Football Association has banned agent Saif Rubie for six weeks and fined him £10,000 for “improper” comments he made on Twitter re…

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Everton investigating reports of homophobic chants at Chelsea fans

• Club and Kick It Out received reports after game at Goodison• FA investigates incidents involving West Ham fans at ChelseaEverton are investigating reports of homophobic chanting during Saturday’s Premier League game against Chelsea, the Goodison Par…

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Everton investigating reports of homophobic chants at Chelsea fans

• Club and Kick It Out received reports after game at Goodison• FA investigates incidents involving West Ham fans at ChelseaEverton are investigating reports of homophobic chanting during Saturday’s Premier League game against Chelsea, the Goodison Par…

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Kick It Out reports alleged homophobic chants by West Ham fans to FA

• Kick It Out received numerous reports from game at Chelsea• West Ham reiterate commitment to Rainbow Laces campaignThe FA has been made aware of numerous allegations of homophobic chanting by West Ham fans during Saturday’s match at Chelsea.The claim…

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FA Cup third-round ties to be delayed by a minute for mental health awareness

• FA wants to encourage fans to think about mental wellbeing• All 32 third-round ties will kick-off one minute later than usualThis season’s FA Cup third-round fixtures will be delayed by one minute to help promote mental health, the Football Associati…

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Derbies, bumper crowds and drama – welcome to Women’s Football Weekend | Suzanne Wrack

WSL puts on a show with games at Anfield and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on a Sunday without Premier League competitionIn England we are at saturation point. Premier League football across the weekend, Monday and Friday night football, European football,…

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Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva banned for one match over Mendy tweet

• Silva also fined £50,000 and sent on education course• Portugal midfielder set to miss Chelsea match on 23 NovemberManchester City’s Bernardo Silva has been suspended for one match, fined £50,000 and ordered to complete face-to-face education after a…

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Son Heung-min’s red card for tackle on Everton’s André Gomes overturned

• Tottenham forward had been set to serve three-game ban• Son’s trip led to Gomes suffering serious ankle injurySon Heung-min’s red card for the tackle that led to Everton’s André Gomes suffering a fractured dislocation of the right ankle has been over…

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Home nations far from united over GB women’s Olympic football team | Ewan Murray

It was supposed to be a one-off for London 2012 but the team will be back at Tokyo 2020. Some Scotland players are eager to be involved but only the English are really happyIt was an afterthought as England’s campaign ended at the Women’s World Cup thi…

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EFL checks on prospective owners to be reviewed after Bury expulsion

• Acting chair Debbie Jevans says ‘we must learn lessons’• Officials give evidence to Commons select committeeThe English Football League is to examine how it can protect clubs from inadequate owners before they are allowed to take over, following the …

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AFC Wimbledon manager Wally Downes banned for 28 days for betting breaches

Downes banned until 14 November and fined £3,000 by FAFA says he placed bets on eight games from 2013 to July 2019AFC Wimbledon’s manager Wally Downes has been suspended from all football activity for 28 days and fined £3,000 after he admitted breachin…

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Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott banned by FA over video mocking Harry Kane

• Winger, 16, banned for 14 days from domestic club football• Elliott has said he is ‘truly sorry’ for offensive social media videoThe young Liverpool winger Harvey Elliott has been banned for 14 days from domestic club football for using offensive lan…