The FA's statement: 'Fair to all involved'

The FA board today met to consider the report of the inquiry into why on Monday 19 July, the FA allowed solicitor's letters to be issued and made statements based on misleading information.

At the meeting the board spent many hours considering a report prepared by Eversheds LLP, The FA's specialist legal advisors.

The board took further legal advice from external law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP and an employment law specialist John Bowers QC.

Throughout the inquiry process the board have been determined to address the facts.

At all times the board have been mindful of the need to follow standard procedures and employment law.

Our decisions reflect a process that is fair to all involved.

The board reached the following unanimous decisions:

* In the case of Sven-Goran Eriksson, the board decided on the basis of the report and on legal advice that there is no case for him to answer.

* In the case of Faria Alam, an employee without executive status within the FA, the board have decided it is not appropriate to make any public statement with regard to her role in this inquiry.

* The FA announce they have accepted Colin Gibson's resignation. The FA wish to thank him for his services during his time as director of communications.

Neither The FA nor Colin Gibson will be making any further statement.

This entire episode has been regrettable for the reputation of football in this country but the board remain determined to restore the highest standards.

Deficiencies surrounding management procedures have been exposed and the board are collectively resolved to see these corrected.

An immediate review will be instituted with appropriate consultation.

In the short term, to support the many talented individuals at Soho Square, the board have decided to appoint the chairmen of their two main boards - representing the professional game, Dave Richards and the national game, Roger Burden, to support the FA chairman, Geoff Thompson in his role of leading the organisation during this period.

The Board will now commence the search for a new Chief Executive Officer.

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