Greg Dyke has been simultaneously sweating and dodging bullets all week over the contentious recruitment of representatives for the FA Commission in which he is, for now, leading.
Dyke has been in defence mode following calls from minority commentators and political figures about the lack of diversity in the composition of the group, whom have been formed to handle the future of the English national side.
FA Director Heather Rabbatts, a minority in her own right as a woman and of Jamaican descent, kicked off proceedings citing the “future of English football needed to represent the community it serves”. It didn’t take long for Helen Grant, the new sports minister, to suggest there should be female representation on the controversial commission. Former England defender Sol Campbell came into the fray, telling BBC Sport that he wouldn’t mind having black players who’ve actually done something for their club and country. Gary Lineker tweeted his expectation of better from Dyke, with the former national captain labelling the group’s members “utterly pointless”.
…We beg for diversity as if this is remotely relative to credibility…
This week, in what was unfortunate timing, Dyke secured the commission’s first coloured member in Rio Ferdinand, the target of John Terry’s infamous racial slur. Ferdinand’s appointment only fanned the racial flame in what was naturally seen as a token gesture to pacify his critics, leaving Dyke in the same floundering state as he started the week in.
I find this racism business utterly confusing and for the most part completely contradictory. We beg for diversity as if this is remotely relative to credibility. When will insisting colour determine qualification ever be recognised as reverse-racism? We completely overlook this every time we beg for minority representation. This drawn-out digression has left me wandering – when are we actually going to start talking about the future of English football?