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Bernstein: Proposed FA reforms are missed opportunity


Proposed reforms of the English FA are a missed opportunity that will make no real change and could end up as a "fudged compromise", former chairman David Bernstein said on Wednesday.
Bernstein, 73, was one of five former executives who last year signed a letter that described the world's oldest soccer federation as an outdated institution held back by "elderly white men".
British Sports Minister Tracey Crouch warned in February that the FA was in danger of losing 30 million pounds ($37.29 million) of public funding and that legislation could be brought in to force change.
The FA subsequently proposed reducing its board from 12 to 10 members and increasing the number of women on it to three by 2018.Nobody will be allowed to serve more than three terms of three years and 11 new members will be added to the 120-strong FA Council "to ensure it better reflects the inclusive and diverse nature of English football".
"I don't think they have done enough," Bernstein, who was FA chairman between 2011 to 2013, told Reuters at a Cogress Investor Club event. 
"I think there'll be enough to get the government to go along with it because they want an easy time, want to get it settled, but it won't be enough to make a real change," he added.
"The board needs to be independent, not controlled by vested interests...and the FA council needs an axe taking to it, frankly."Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has described the proposed reforms as "a sham" that still failed to give sufficient representation to minority groups.
The FA has scheduled a formal vote for April 3. If majority approved, the reforms will be voted on by shareholders at an annual general meeting on May 1."The danger is that the work that has been done will get accepted just to get rid of the issue because the government's got enough on its plate with Brexit and so on," said Bernstein.
"And then we'll be in a very poor period for the next 20 years. I think we'll have missed a real opportunity.
"Given the fact that we've had a select committee report, a parliamentary debate and a vote of no confidence in the FA and a minister who says she wants to see real action, we'll never get this opportunity again.
"If it ends up with a fudged compromise, then it's a missed opportunity."

FIFA are preparing for a new football with VAR and video sanctions


With the most recent international break seeing VAR (video assistant referees) and video sanctions used, do not be surprised if FIFA president Gianni Infantino, along with his people - Marco Van Basten, Zvonimir Boban, Pierluigi Collina and more - have a big say on the future of football, with technology likely to be a big talking point in the coming months. 
The suspension of Barcelona and Argentina attacker Lionel Messi will not be the last example of video sanctions, with the Discipline Committee at FIFA wanting a more healthy football that respects referees and serves as an example to other generations - both past and future.
Players must now walk with care because the governing body will be relentless in their tournaments and will not allow attitudes that show a lack of respect for the referee and their opponents.
If anyone doubts FIFA's seriousness, this is the judgement for Messi: 'This decision reflects the constant theory of law by FIFA's Disciplinary Committee that has been applied in previous cases.
'Another element that will soon become reality is the use of VAR, with FIFA satisfied with the proof at Saint-Denis - the venue for France's friendly against Spain - and its application in future matches is very likely; Infantino and his people consider it to be a quick way to get the correct decision.
The image of Antoine Griezmann lamenting his decision to celebrate prematurely or Gerard Deulofeu having to wait to rejoice will be common from now on, and in the 2018 World Cup in Russia it will be official, but do not rule out the system coming in sooner after the success in France.


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