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
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
16 May 2002