FA too white and too male and it must change, says Dyke

LONDON Sat Jul 26, 2014 4:12pm BST

Football Association (FA) Chairman Greg Dyke arrives at the Houses of Parliament in central London July 22, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Football Association (FA) Chairman Greg Dyke arrives at the Houses of Parliament in central London July 22, 2014.

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LONDON (Reuters) - "Overwhelmingly male and overwhelmingly white" Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said of his own organisation on Saturday, saying the governing body must change.

In a pre-recorded video message to the Football Supporters Federation, former BBC director general Dyke, who took over from David Bernstein at the FA a year ago, said the governing body was in danger of becoming "irrelevant".

"If you look at who's supporting, who's playing, football and then you look at the FA Council - it doesn't represent them," Dyke was quoted as saying on the BBC.

"It's still overwhelmingly male, overwhelmingly white in a world that isn't overwhelmingly male and white and somehow that has to be changed.

"We have to try and change it but we're not alone, supporters have got to try and change it as well."

The FA Council consists of around 120 members from both the professional and amateur circles of the game and are responsible for helping to make policy decisions for the organisation.

The comments of Dyke, who once accused the BBC of being "hideously white", come after criticism of the FA's lack of diversity by the likes of former England defender Sol Campbell.

Campbell said in his biography this year that, had he been white, he would have captained England for 10 years.

"We've got to look at how we involve the population of 21st century England and the mix it's got," said Dyke. "If we just carry on like this - old, white males - we're going to be increasingly irrelevant."

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Tony Goodson)

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