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FA defends grass-roots criticism

The Football Association has defended itself against accusations that grass-roots football is not given sufficient investment.

Richard Everitt, a Bedfordshire FA director and club secretary of 61 FC, claims that local sides are being neglected.

He is angry that England manager Fabio Capello receives a large salary and yet clubs such as 61 FC receive such little funding.

Everitt told Sky Sports News: "It's absolutely distressing for a club like us because we have got absolutely no investment and a man like that is taking all the money from the FA.

"It is our money, the local clubs as well as the big clubs. I think this in an overwhelming opinion among managers, secretaries, players.

"There's already been a huge investment into Mr (Sven Goran) Eriksson with no end product, is it going to be the same with Mr Capello?

"The FA are totally out of touch with what is going on at grass-roots football. That £6million would solve 101 problems in local football."

The FA has released a statement in response, insisting that grass-roots football is supported.

The statement read: "It is totally inaccurate to suggest the FA does not properly invest in grass-roots football.

"The FA currently invests over £38million each year into developing the grass-roots game. That commitment will rise to more than £200million over the next four years."

The FA invests in the Football Foundation, which is dedicated building pitches facilities and improving facilities.

They also fund development staff at county associations, various local competitions and a variety of other programmes including coaching courses.

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