International

English FA to change their name?

2015-09-09 19:39
English FA (File)

Manchester  - The Football Association's name is the "ultimate expression of arrogance" according to the English governing body's chief executive Martin Glenn who said it was possible it could be changed.

Speaking at the Soccerex global convention on Wednesday, Glenn was asked about the alleged reputation the FA has for arrogance within the international game.

"I think we are perceived as arrogant. I don't think we necessarily are but perceptions... it does matter," said Glenn, who took up his position in March.

"As a relative newcomer coming in, the ultimate expression of arrogance, and we don't even see it, but we refer to ourselves, we go to international conventions and say, 'Hi, I'm Martin Glenn and I am from the FA.

"Which one? Obviously the English, because we invented it. Every other is the German association, the French association, we are so assumptive," he said.

Asked whether a change of name would be a solution, Glenn said: "Possibly, it is not an ultimate priority.

"But what is seen to be the case is that we get interested in the international game when it suits our purposes. We're seen to be -- you want to host a World Cup, suddenly you got very friendly.

"So, it is a global game, we have to build global alliances and be seen to be a force for good," he added.

England lost out on their most recent bid to host the World Cup with Russia earning hosting rights to the 2018 tournament.

The only time England staged the tournament was in 1966, when they won their only world crown.

Glenn said the FA was respected for its ability to promote football and for the fact the game is run in a clean fashion but that more time was required to build relationships globally.

"We just need to make sure that we spend enough time when we go to international meetings to talk to them, share ideas." he said.

"It matters because when it comes down to a 50-50 decision on whether we get a tournament or not we would like to get the benefit of doubt.

"The fact that we have got the semis and final of Euro 2020, is a good sign of the re-engagement that happened before my time, where people see us as part of the team as opposed to selectively choosing to be part of it when it suits us."

Read more on:    martin glenn  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
Vote

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.