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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 August, 2004, 17:59 GMT 18:59 UK
FA begins major review
The FA has been criticised over its handling of England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson's affair with an FA secretary?
The Football Association met on Tuesday to begin a structural review in the light of the fall-out from the Sven-Goran Eriksson affair.

The FA board held a full day's meeting and appointed a sub-committee that will prepare a job description for a new chief executive to replace Mark Palios.

The board also agreed to consider a paper at its next meeting to outline the procedure the review will follow.

The FA's next meeting will be held at Soho Square on Thursday 26 August.

A statement on the FA's website said: "There will be full consultation with all key stakeholders as the board moves towards ensuring the FA is an effective body to lead English football in the 21st century."

Palios resigned from his role following newspaper allegations concerning England coach Eriksson's affair with FA secretary Faria Alam.

At their emergency meeting last week, the FA's board ruled Eriksson had "no case to answer" regarding his conduct.

However, the board concluded that "deficiencies surrounding management procedures have been exposed and the board is collectively resolved to see these corrected".

Although no firm conclusions were drawn at the meeting, there are indications of the way in which some of the 12-man board - made up of six professional game delegates and six amateur - are thinking.

The key issue here is to get the structure of the FA right
Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe

Some are said to be in favour of the six pro game delegates - four from the Premier League and two from the Football League - being given more autonomy in decision-making on 'professional' issues.

Such matters would include the England team, the FA Cup as well as commercial issues.

Under that potential scenario, the other six delegates from the 'national' game, would have control of amateur football, albeit with a continuation of their equal share of all FA revenues.

Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe is in favour of the FA's influence being more closely defined in future.

He told BBC Radio Five's Sportsweek programme: "The key issue here is to get the structure of the FA right.

"The FA really is the game's governing body and that's what it should be, in charge of rules and regulations, and the grassroots. If at all possible, it should avoid getting too involved in too many other areas."

In life, if you have attractive people in the room, then such things can happen
Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Meanwhile, Fifa president Sepp Blatter has laughed off the furore that has engulfed English football in the wake of Eriksson's affair.

"It's just a minor bit of news which seems to create a lot of amusement," Blatter said.

"It is not an incident, it is something good. It is human relations. Football is also human relations. It is better than violence or stripping shirts on the field of play or tackling from behind.

"It is part of our life, football is part of our life. In life, if you have attractive people in the room, then such things can happen."

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