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English FA CEO Glenn quits as 2030 World Cup bid considered

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LONDON (AP) The English Football Association is searching for a new leader while it considers whether to press ahead with a bid for the 2030 World Cup.

Martin Glenn will leave as chief executive after four years at the end of the season, the FA said Thursday.

Under Glenn’s leadership, the FA was criticized for its handling of scandals around the women’s team and the failed attempt to sell Wembley Stadium .

But Glenn also prioritized improving the atmosphere around the men’s team, which went on to reach the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 28 years in Russia. The national team has also reached the inaugural finals of the UEFA Nations League .

“I … joined with the strong belief that the England teams performance in tournaments could and should improve, and that the experience of the millions of people who play football could be a better one,” Glenn said. “I will leave feeling proud of the success of the performance of all the England teams.”

Glenn’s successor will be key to the decision about linking up with Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland to bid for the World Cup.

The FA chief executive also helps to determine the laws of soccer, with England holding one of eight positions on the International Football Association Board.

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England keen to extend Southgate’s contract

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LONDON (AP) England manager Gareth Southgate‘s employers want him to extend his contract beyond the end of the 2020 European Championship.

Southgate’s popularity with the fans rocketed last month when England reached the semifinals of the World Cup, where the team was beaten by Croatia.

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He was handed a four-year deal by his Football Association employers in November 2016, after taking over from Sam Allardyce.

“Gareth has been excellent, we’d like him to stay beyond 2020,” FA chief executive Martin Glenn said on Wednesday. “I think we’d both like that, but … he’s on holiday now, so we’ll talk when he comes back.”

Southgate, 47, was previously manager of Middlesbrough and the England Under-21 side.

English FA head apologizes for Star of David ban comment

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LONDON (AP) The head of the English Football Association has apologized for “any offense” caused after equating the Star of David with the swastika while discussing religious and political symbols that should be prohibited in the game.

FA CEO Martin Glenn said those symbols are “the things we don’t want” being displayed by teams. Britain’s Jewish Leadership Council called Glenn’s comments “offensive and inappropriate.”

Glenn says he will speak to the JLC and soccer anti-discrimination group Kick It Out to apologize.

In a statement, Glenn says “I would like to apologize for any offense caused by the examples I gave when referring to political and religious symbols in football, specifically in reference to the Star of David, which is a hugely important symbol to Jewish people all over the world.”

FA chief executive says England team doesn’t travel well

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LONDON (AP) — The chief executive of the English Football Association says there is “brittleness” in the team when it travels overseas for games.

Martin Glenn spoke to sports industry executives at the Leaders conference in London on Thursday, hours before England hoped to qualify for the World Cup by beating Slovenia.

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Glenn is already concerned about how the team gains the “physiological edge” missing so often in England teams. Since winning the 1966 World Cup on home soil, England has only won six knockout games at major tournaments. England was eliminated from the 2016 European Championship in the last 16 by Iceland.

Glenn says “England players do not travel well … we know there is a brittleness in unfamiliar circumstances that we have to deal with.”

FA chief executive says England team doesn’t travel well

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LONDON (AP) The chief executive of the English Football Association says there is “brittleness” in the team when it travels overseas for games.

Martin Glenn spoke to sports industry executives at the Leaders conference in London on Thursday, hours before England hoped to qualify for the World Cup by beating Slovenia.

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Glenn is already concerned about how the team gains the “physiological edge” missing so often in England teams. Since winning the 1966 World Cup on home soil, England has only won six knockout games at major tournaments. England was eliminated from the 2016 European Championship in the last 16 by Iceland.

Glenn says “England players do not travel well … we know there is a brittleness in unfamiliar circumstances that we have to deal with.”