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Welsh FA chief Jonathan Ford avoids action over England remark

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Football Association of Wales chief executive Jonathan Ford will face no disciplinary action over his comment that the next manager of Wales would "definitely not" be English.

The FAW council voted on Tuesday that a comment Ford made to BBC Sport Wales about Chris Coleman's successor should be explored further, with a three-man disciplinary commission set up.

But the FAW, in a statement posted on its official website on Thursday, said Ford has clarified his comments, where he repeated details of a previous conversation, and apologised for them.

The statement read: "Following a matter arising from the Football Association of Wales Council meeting of 12 December 2017 in Cardiff, meetings have taken place between the Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Ford, the President, David Griffiths and Vice President, Kieran O'Connor of the Association.

"The CEO has clarified comments made in a media interview, where he repeated details of a previous conversation, in which a third party stated that the search for a National Team Manager should preclude an English applicant.

"Following the discussions today, it was accepted that the documented comments were taken out of context and not in the manner in which they were intended.

"The FAW and CEO will conduct a search for the new manager in an open and objective fashion, the appointee will be the best person for the role.

"The CEO has apologised for the statement and the FAW Officers, having reviewed the situation, do not propose to take the matter any further.

"The Officers of the Association fully support the CEO Jonathan Ford, acknowledge the significant achievements in taking Welsh Football forward over the last 8 years and look forward to continue to work together in the future."