The fate of England coach, Sven-Goran Eriksson, is unlikely to be determined today despite an emergency board meeting this afternoon.
The FA board will be given the results of an inquiry into the circumstances that led to the organisation denying Eriksson’s affair with FA employee Faria Alam.
Last night the FA announced that the board may ask for further evidence from any of the parties involved, a sign a decision on Eriksson’s position is unlikely to be made today.
The FA board will hear evidence gathered by solicitor Peter Norbury.
Both Eriksson and Alam have explained their version of events to Norbury, who works for specialist legal advisors Eversheds, and he will represent these views to the FA.
“It is the board’s role to concentrate on the facts and ensure all of the correct processes and procedures are followed. This is clearly a detailed issue,” the FA said.
“All decisions must follow standard procedures and employment law . . . The board may determine it appropriate to seek more evidence or refer the matter for further consideration. It is imperative at this time that rigorous processes are followed.”
Such was the media interest in today’s meeting that the board members will not be informed of the meeting’s location until later in the day.
According to media reports, a majority of the board would be happy to see Eriksson removed provided his dismissal was not too costly.
However, any move to sack the Swede would spark a n expensive legal battle – something the FA is keen to avoid.