FA chairman Greg Clarke to be quizzed by MP select committee after Sam Allardyce scandal
By James Dale
Last Updated: 04/10/16 3:36pm
Football Association chairman Greg Clarke will be grilled by members of parliament on October 17 over corruption allegations in the English game.
The government are keen to investigate the state of the English game after Sam Allardyce lost his job as England manager following a series of embarrassing comments about the banned practice of third-party ownership of players, which were exposed in a Daily Telegraph investigation.
Clarke, who was appointed chairman of the English game's governing body in August, will be joined by FA director of governance and regulation Darren Bailey as the pair will be quizzed by a 10-strong, cross-party parliamentary committee over the matter later in October.
"Recent events have highlighted the continuing major failings in the current system of football governance in the UK, as well as internationally," a statement from the Culture, Media and Sport select committee read.
"The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has repeatedly urged the football authorities to improve self-governance.
"Although the committee's recommendations have been backed by successive sports ministers and progress has been promised by the FA, in practice very little has changed: the governance of football is cumbersome and power lies with the clubs, especially in the Premier League.
"Real reform in relation to the ownership of clubs, transfers of players, the influence of fans, the role of agents and investment in the grassroots, amongst other issues, has stalled."