Football Association (FA) chairman Greg Dyke admitted to a "mistake" on Saturday after being criticised for setting up an all-male, all-white commission to investigate the failings of the England team.
Glenn Hoddle gives a television interview at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, on March 26, 2012
Dyke was responding to a letter from FA board member Heather Rabbatts, who highlighted the "lack of diversity" on the commission and accused the FA of letting down black and ethnic minority footballers.
Dyke unveiled a provisional eight-person commission line-up at the Leaders in Football conference earlier this month, but he conceded that he should have waited before announcing a definitive list of names.
In a reply to Rabbatts released by Britain's Press Association, Dyke said: "The make-up of the commission has been moving for some time but I did explain to you and the board that we planned to appoint two or three additional members and would have done so this week had the issue of Roy Hodgson's dressing-room comments not blown up.
"I do accept we made a mistake announcing only part of the membership of the commission when we did, but to suggest we never considered the ethnic balance of the commission is unfair."
As well as Dyke, the commission features former England manager Glenn Hoddle, Football League chairman Greg Clarke, FA vice-chairman Roger Burden, League Managers Association chairman Howard Wilkinson, Professional Footballers' Association chairman Ritchie Humphreys, Crewe Alexandra director of football Dario Gradi and former Leeds United defender Danny Mills.
Dyke explained that the PFA had asked for Humphreys to be selected instead of outgoing chairman Clarke Carlisle, who is of mixed-race origin.
"We originally had Clarke Carlisle as a member but the PFA decided they would rather have their new chairman on the commission, and we also identified other individuals from the BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) community who we felt would add strength and value to the commission," he said.
"Unfortunately as they are active in football on a day-to-day basis, either they felt the time commitments would be prohibitive. As you know, we still want to see people with relevant experience from the BAME community on the commission and giving evidence to it."
Rabbatts, who is mixed-race, said that the commission's make-up meant "that the opportunity to lead an informed debate on the future of English players has been singularly damaged".
She pointed to the key role played by mixed-race Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend in earning England a place at next year's World Cup and said it was "ironic" that there were no non-white faces on the commission.
Townsend became the focus of controversy earlier this week after it emerged that England manager Hodgson had made a joke about a monkey in his half-time team talk during Tuesday's 2-0 win over Poland.
The word 'monkey' can have racist connotations when used to describe non-white people but the joke was not racist in nature and the FA said that Hodgson, who apologised for any offence caused, did not have a case to answer.
Rabbatts backed the FA's decision to support Hodgson over the incident, but said the absence of any non-white faces on the commission meant the organisation was "letting down so many black and ethnic minority people -- players, ex-players, coaches and volunteers, who have so much to offer and are so often discouraged and disheartened by the attitudes they encounter".
Rabbatts's comments were welcomed by anti-discrimination groups Kick It Out and FARE, while new British sports minister Helen Grant voiced her intention to raise the matter with the FA.
"Sports governing bodies must reflect the make-up of the diverse society that we live in," Grant said.
"I expect the FA to ensure that voices from all backgrounds are heard loud and clear and contribute to this important piece of work to help strengthen English football. I will discuss the issue with the FA next week."
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