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The FA Move Closer To Appointing Two Independent Directors

Wembley chiefs back new proposals.

The Football Association Council have approved proposals to appoint two new independent board members.

The Burns review in 2005 recommended independent directors replace two current board members but this created unease amongst the organisation.

FA chairman David Bernstein is instead proposing to add them to the current total – a move which has generated less opposition.

Bernstein is pushing through the motion in order to reform the organisation and has won the backing of the 111-strong FA council.

It took the appointment of Bernstein and pressure from the Government earlier this year for momentum to gather.

The FA board have already agreed to the proposal and a final decision will be taken at a general meeting of FA shareholders in late August. There are 1,100 shares and around 1,000 shareholders.

“I am very pleased with this decision by the board and council,” Bernstein said. “It represents an important step in developing stronger governance within the FA.”

In February, Bernstein wrote to FA councillors about the issue, saying: “I am very aware that this issue has been discussed extensively in the past.

“I recognise that, for some, this may be a controversial proposal.

“That is why I am keen to engage with council members in the coming weeks to discuss the merits of the proposal.”

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