The Football Association has been told to stop its mind games after it was revealed the governing body is being given free passes for brainwashing sessions.
The FA, which is under pressure to reduce violence, racism and other forms of bigotry in the game, was given the “unprecedented” privilege of using the brains of top-flight players to educate the public on what it calls “mind games” to achieve the goals of the governing bodies.
The FA’s annual meetings were held in Glasgow on Monday.
“A new edition of our annual report will be published shortly, which will cover all of the activities we have undertaken in recent years,” said the FA’s communications director for the Scottish Football League, Paul Stirling.
“This will include the introduction of a new, more open and inclusive governance framework for all the clubs, the implementation of a number of new measures to support the development of the game in Scotland and the introduction and review of a wide range of initiatives.”
The FA will continue to work with the clubs and our governing body to ensure that these issues are addressed and to make our work more transparent.
“The news comes after the head of Scotland’s football governing body, Stewart Regan, said in February that the FA was “very much” in the mind game to win over the public.
He said that the organisation had a “unique” way of talking to players, “which we’ve been experimenting with for some time”, and that the way the governing authority talks to players has changed over time.
In his annual report, Stirling revealed the FA had been giving away “mind-games” sessions to its players since the late 1990s.
It said: “The FA is using the talents of the players in our academies and the coaches in our youth football programs to train the minds of our football fans, and this has created a powerful relationship with the public, many of whom are keen to know more about our game.”
He also said the use of the mind games to train players was “quite unique”.”
There is a certain element of mind games that we’ve developed to teach the players how to play football, which has also created an opportunity for us to train in the minds and physical abilities of the very best footballers in the world.”
In February, Stirlings comments came in the wake of a controversy over a video published by Liverpool fans, showing fans at the Britannia Stadium booing the England and Portugal players as they were leaving the pitch following a controversial 0-0 draw.
However, it is understood that the latest report was prepared without the consent of the Premier League and it was seen as a move to discredit the Premier Leagues investigation into the England-Portugal match.
Stirling said the report would not be released until a “full and transparent” inquiry had been carried out.
This comes after reports in April revealed that the Football Association had “adopted” the idea of using mind games in order to reduce racism, and the use by some fans of the word “whore”.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the English FA had adopted the idea as part of its plans to improve its “image” among the public following the death of British football legend Bobby Moore in a police custody in July.