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FA begin steps to come in from the international cold

Football Association chairman David Bernstein is planning a series of meeting to improve the FA's standing in the game with other national football bodies. The FA came under a sustained attack from critics within FIFA after their attempt to have last month's presidential election postponed ended in a heavy defeat.

"With FIFA, I have corresponded with Sepp Blatter and we will be meeting in due course," said Bernstein.

"We are not looking to lead a revolution or anything. A situation arose. We had strong views about it. We felt those views should be expressed and we expressed them.

"We may be in a lead position at the moment but that is not necessarily where we want to be.

"We want to work with other countries to move the agenda. I am sure the whole world wants to see FIFA move on.

"This talk of isolation is not the case. We have had a lot of reassuring words from other nations, we have already had some bilateral conversations with others.

"We will be looking to have a series of bilateral meetings, particularly with the European countries to start with and then extending that.

"We will work out a programme of meetings to make sure we continue to develop our international relations properly and professionally.

"We will talk to a wide range of countries and continue to develop relationships with them and be part of the international community, which is where they want us to be and where we want to be."

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