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Graham Kelly (football administrator)

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Graham Kelly (born 23 December 1945[citation needed]) is an English football administrator. He was secretary of The Football League from 1978 to 1989 and chief executive of The Football Association (FA) from 1989 to 1998. In December 1998, he resigned from the FA, along with chairman Keith Wiseman, when a scandal broke out over an allegedly improper loan of £3.2 million, from the FA to the Football Association of Wales (FAW).[1][2]

Graham Kelly
Born (1945-12-23) 23 December 1945 (age 73)
OccupationFootball administrator
Known forSecretary of The Football League
Chief executive of The Football Association.

It was alleged that the loan was intended to buy the FAW's support for Wiseman's election as a vice president for FIFA, which would in turn help England's unsuccessful bid to host the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which went to Germany. In February 1999, after FIFA conducted an investigation, Kelly and Wiseman were subsequently cleared of wrongdoing.[3][4]


  1. ^ Chaudhary, Vivek (1998-12-17). "FA's £3m was 'gift' to Wales, not loan". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  2. ^ Staff and Agencies (1998-12-15). "Kelly quits in loan scandal". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  3. ^ "BBC News | Football | FA cleared over 'cash-for-votes'". Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  4. ^ Thorpe, Martin (1999-02-13). "Kelly plans action after Fifa 'not guilty' verdict". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-31.