The FA: An embarrassing circus act


It’s corrupted, it’s rotten to the core, it’s infested with cover-ups and scandals, you guessed it, it’s our FA.

The Football Association is the UK’s and one of the worlds most respected football organisations, yet ironically fail to succeed in sticking to their principle ‘respect’ motto.

The FA are quickly becoming an embarrassing circus act, with managers coming and going quicker than contestants on the X Factor.

Mark Sampson

Mark Sampson was sacked as manager following allegations of bullying and racism.

Former England player Eni Aluko had made the allegations regarding Sampson, stating she had personally encountered his racist and bullying behavior.

The FA paid Aluko £50,000 ‘hush money’. Says it all.

The allegations against Sampson are undoubtedly a bullet in his management career but this is a problem England did not need to be resolving.

When he was appointed manager in 2013 the FA was made aware of what Sampson had done whilst being at Bristol.

In 2014 FIFA chief investigator Michael Garcia discovered that the FA had been involved in meddling with a bid to bring the 2018 World Cup to England.

The eagerly anticipated FIFA report was released earlier this year – with some eye-opening and embarrassing findings concerning the FA.

The FA were willing to make a deal including rewards such as meeting the Queen, an honorary knighthood and a job working in the UK for an adopted son of one FIFA official – the latter in fact happened.

Jack Warner FIFA

Jack Warner, a former Vice President of FIFA managed to bag his banker’s son (Richard Sebro) jobs at Wembley, Tottenham and Aston Villa. Sebro had stated that the FA had “saved him a summer working in McDonalds”.

A final concluding point is the scandal regarding the FA failing to disclose football players drug use.

Whilst playing for West Bromwich Albion, striker Saido Berahino was absent from the side for 8 weeks.

Berahino tested positive for the class A drug MDMA – or if the FA had their way he was “injured”.

I wonder if a normal citizen was found positive of taking MDMA they would just get an 8-week ban from work?

12 other professional footballers abuse of recreational drugs also slipped through the FA’s list of things to do.

Jose Baxter of Sheffield United was tested for cocaine and failed -he was subsequently banned for 12 months.

A final concluding point is the scandal regarding the FA failing to disclose football players drug use.

Whilst playing for West Bromwich Albion, striker Saido Berahino was absent from the side for 8 weeks.

Berahino tested positive for the class A drug MDMA – or if the FA had their way he was “injured”.

I wonder if a normal citizen was found positive of taking MDMA they would just get an 8-week ban from work?

12 other professional footballers abuse of recreational drugs also slipped through the FA’s list of things to do.

Jose Baxter of Sheffield United was tested for cocaine and failed -he was subsequently banned for 12 months.

Opinion piece by Conner Pilmore for Fly FM Sport

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