The FA are blasted for failing to take seriously demands from Don Revie's family

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The FA are blasted for failing to take seriously demands from Don Revie’s family for an apology over damage done to his reputation after banning ex-Leeds manager from working in England for TEN years

  • The FA are accused of failing to take seriously demands from Don Revie’s family 
  • The ex-Leeds manager’s family want an apology for damage to his reputation 
  • The FA banned Revie from working in England for 10 years back in 1977
  • An FA PR replied, incorrectly labelling the football legend ‘Sir Don Revie’ 


The Football Association have been accused of failing to take seriously demands for an apology to the family of Don Revie.

Interim chairman Peter McCormick did not respond to the case presented to him by Revie’s biographer Chris Evans, who claims the Leeds legend and former England manager was made a victim of cancel culture by the FA.

Instead, McCormick passed the matter to public relations manager Sophie Levin, who replied by email to say the matter would not be taken further and mistakenly referred to him as Sir Don Revie.

The FA are accused of failing to take seriously demands for an apology from Don Revie's family

The FA are accused of failing to take seriously demands for an apology from Don Revie’s family

Revie was exiled by the FA in 1977, who placed a ban on the manager working in England

Revie was exiled by the FA in 1977, who placed a ban on the manager working in England

‘Having sent a personal letter to the chairman, I’m amazed he wasn’t able to reply personally,’ said Evans, a Labour MP for Islwyn in South Wales. ‘Clearly, by the fact they call him “Sir Don Revie”, no one has paid a great deal of attention to this. I asked for an apology and they have given him a knighthood, which leaves me to question if it is being taken seriously.’

Revie became England manager in 1974 but quit after three years for a lucrative job in the United Arab Emirates. The FA reacted by banning him for 10 years for bringing the game into disrepute and wrote to 92 clubs imploring them not to employ him.

The ban was ruled unlawful and overturned in the High Court but Revie did not work in English football again and Evans believes the FA owe Revie’s surviving family an apology for the damage done to his reputation.

The FA declined to comment.

Interim FA chairman Peter McCormick did not respond to a letter sent by the Revie family

Interim FA chairman Peter McCormick did not respond to a letter sent by the Revie family

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