Posted January 16, 2013 on AP on Fox
The English Football Association has kicked off its 150th anniversary celebrations with a star-studded event, striving to shift the focus from the domestic and international troubles that have afflicted the country in recent years. The Premier League's reputation has been hit by racial abuse cases involving fans and high-profile players, while the FA has endured a fraught relationship within FIFA as the world's oldest football federation's influence has declined. But leading world football figures united in London on Wednesday to launch the FA's landmark year, with FIFA President Sepp Blatter telling the audience by video that ''it is called the FA, because it is the No. 1 in FIFA.'' Prince William, who is the FA's president, hopes the ''year ahead will allow us to celebrate every aspect of this great game.''
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