Welsh soccer head faces action for ruling out English coach

Wales' Sam Vokes, right, reacts during an international friendly soccer match between France and Wales at Stade de France in Saint Denis, a northern suburb of Paris, France, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. (Francois Mori/AP)

CARDIFF, Wales — The head of Welsh soccer will face a disciplinary commission for saying the country’s next national team coach should "definitely" not be English.

The Football Association of Wales is searching for a successor to Chris Coleman, who left last month to coach Sunderland after the country failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Discussing the hiring process, FAW chief executive Jonathan Ford told the BBC "we have always favoured Welsh people because arguably the passion is there. Somebody said this earlier, Welsh most definitely, foreign possibly, but definitely not English."

The interview prompted the FAW council to set up a three-man disciplinary commission to look into whether Ford’s comments were discriminatory.

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