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English Soccer Under Attack as Lawmakers Prepare to Force Reform

  • Debate on motion of ‘no confidence’ in Football Association
  • Ruling body has failed to open up its governance to outsiders
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English soccer’s governing body faces a vote of no confidence in Britain’s Parliament on Thursday over its failure to reform and embrace diversity.

The Football Association should be forced to change because it has dragged its feet on allowing supporters, women, minority ethnic groups and players to have a say in how it is run, lawmakers in London will be told on Thursday. Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has already threatened to cut government funding if the FA, the oldest national soccer federation in the world, doesn’t comply.