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Football: Managers' body hits back at 'misguided' former FA chairman

Published on Jan 3, 2014 8:14 PM
 
Former Football Association (FA) Chairman David Bernstein speaks during the Soccerex European Forum in Manchester, north-west England, on April 11, 2013. David Bernstein, the former chairman of the FA was accused of making "misguided, unhelpful and inflammatory" comments on Jan 3, 2014 after criticising the behaviour of managers earlier this week. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - David Bernstein, the former chairman of the English Football Association (FA), was accused of making "misguided, unhelpful and inflammatory" comments on Friday after criticising the behaviour of managers earlier this week.

The League Managers Association leapt to the defence of its members in a strongly-worded statement, which also accused Bernstein of "megaphone commentary from the sidelines" and failing to attend a single meeting with the LMA while he was in charge of the FA.

Bernstein, who had to retire as FA chairman after turning 70 last May, was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year's Honours on Wednesday and used the opportunity to criticise managers for setting a "terrible example" to both players and the public with their behaviour on the touchline.

"I have been involved with football for a long time and I do understand the pressures they are under but when you look at the constant protesting on the touchline and the comments afterwards, it doesn't do anyone or the game any good," he said.

 
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