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FA given vote of no confidence by MPs and told reform is required

MPs have handed the Football Association a vote of no confidence as the Sports Minister warned the body against playing "Russian roulette" with public money.

Tracey Crouch said the FA must bring forward effective plans to review governance arrangements, saying the current model does not stand up to scrutiny. A vote of no confidence in the English game's governing body, led by Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee chairman Damian Collins, was passed unopposed. Fewer than 30 MPs attended the debate and the motion is non-binding.

Mr Collins said the FA were in "Fergie time" for reforming and the Government should step in if they failed to do so.

The FA received £30m from Sport England between 2013-17 for grassroots football but has so far only been given £5.6m to support disability and women's programmes for the next four years. A decision on the rest of the grant hinges on Ms Crouch's approval of reform plans, which must be submitted by the end of March.

Ms Crouch said: "It's up to the FA if they wish to play Russian roulette with public money. They will lose. The FA's current model does not, in my opinion, and clearly that of colleagues, stand up to scrutiny. Reform is required."

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