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Sporting life: the FA’s troubles

The government has promised to clean up British politics. They should do the same with the FA, football’s hopeless governing body

By David Goldblatt   July 2010

Injuries aside, English football did not depart for the World Cup in robust health. The long, drawn-out administration of Portsmouth had already cast a shadow over the balance sheets of most Premiership clubs. England coach Fabio Capello, unusually, made the headlines for the wrong reasons when he put his name to the Capello Index, a player performance rating on a gaming website. And David Triesman, chair of the Football Association, was secretly recorded suggesting that the Russians and Spanish planned to influence referees at the World Cup. When the Mail on Sunday did its patriotic duty and published the story,…

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