Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Minutes of Evidence

Letter to the Chairman of the Committee from Mr Adam Crozier, Chief Executive of the Football Association

  Firstly, let me apologise for being unable to attend the Committee meeting in person to represent The FA. As your Clerk will know, I delayed my departure to Japan by one week in order to attend on the original date of 14 May and unfortunately I am unable to delay further due to other commitments in the Far East, including an England match in Korea on 21 May.

  I fully understand your reasons for delaying the hearing and I am extremely grateful to you and the Committee for agreeing to see me this afternoon. I'd also like, with your permission, to place on record a short factual account of the FA's view of the project as it stands today.

  Clearly this view is one taken as CEO of the Football Association, who are now the lead sponsor/financier of the project which is controlled and run by WNSL.

  It is in this vein that as a director of WNSL I have asked them, on the matter of proper procedure, to comply with all the requirements of the Select Committee. Although the previous submissions were, I understand from WNSL, agreed with your Clerk I have recommended that they provide you with full copies of both the Tropus and James report. However it would be better if the Tropus report can be sourced directly from Tropus as WNSL would I understand be in breach of its confidentiality were it to provide you with a copy.

  I have also suggested that WNSL produce an abridged version of the BLP report which can be published within the bounds of confidentiality and commercial sensitivity as I believe your Committee requested.

  Finally, can I once again thank you in advance for receiving this statement and confirm that the FA will be making it a matter of public record. Can I also confirm that I would be prepared to answer any subsequent questions in writing at any time.

16 May 2002

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