Boyce tells FA to 'build bridges'

Jim Boyce, who takes over as Britain’s new FIFA vice-president tomorrow, believes England need to work hard to build bridges to combat an “anti-FA feeling” in world football.

Boyce tells FA to 'build bridges'

Jim Boyce, who takes over as Britain’s new FIFA vice-president tomorrow, believes England need to work hard to build bridges to combat an “anti-FA feeling” in world football.

The FA have called for tomorrow’s FIFA presidential election to be postponed due to the scandals that have rocked the world governing body.

Boyce, from Northern Ireland, said that was the FA’s right but they should also concentrate on building relationships and move on from the disappointment of their failed 2018 World Cup bid.

Boyce told Press Association Sport: “There are 208 associations in FIFA and it’s up to them to decide whether or not there should be an election.

“The FA have a right to do what they feel is fit; all I would say is that the FA need to be more proactive within both UEFA and FIFA and they need to build bridges and build relationships.

“For whatever reason, there appears to be an anti-FA feeling and I think that is very sad and I think the FA have to try to build back relationships in both European and world football.”

He added: “I have just seen the FA statement, I have already stated I was very disappointed with the decision that saw England not being awarded the World Cup.

“There were other countries who were also disappointed that they did not get the World Cup. I think the FA have got to move on.

“I have a very good relationship with many people at the FA and I have said to all the British associations if there is something I can bring up on their behalf with FIFA I am more than willing to do that.”

Former Irish FA president Boyce, who takes over from England’s Geoff Thompson, said the bribery scandals had grieved him.

He said: “Like everyone else who cares about football, the events of the last few months have saddened me greatly.

“It’s a big honour for me, the club [Cliftonville] that I have been associated with since I was seven years of age, it’s a big honour for my association and for my country to be the FIFA vice-president.

“I don’t want to go into what has happened in the past and it’s wrong for me to make comments on that as I was not in the position then.

“People who are in high positions have got to be whiter than white and if any of the allegations that have been flying about are proven to be correct then people have to suffer the consequences.”

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