Former FA chairman collects CBE

  • Last Updated: February 12 2014, 16:26 GMT

Former Football Association chairman David Bernstein described collecting his CBE for services to football as "a lifetime high".

David Bernstein: I hope England find success
David Bernstein: I hope England find success

Bernstein, who stepped down from his FA role in July after reaching the age limit of 70, believes the honour is in recognition of his previous roles as chairman of Manchester City and Wembley.

"Without the fantastic support of people at my old club Manchester City, the wonderful people at Wembley and the tremendous support at the Football Association, this could not have possibly happened," he said after collecting his honour from the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

"I am only really here because of what the sport represents.

"This is a unique thing. It is recognition by the state and to be here with the future king is fantastic. I have to say this is a bit of a lifetime high."

Despite stepping away from the FA, Bernstein said he will be strongly focused on football for the World Cup - although he could not guarantee England's chances.

He said: "The World Cup is of particular interest to me because I was instrumental in picking the manager Roy Hodgson in to the FA. I am particularly keen to see how England does and I hope the team get the success that we all want.

"I am not guaranteeing it but I really hope they can do it. It is a difficult task. I think that European teams playing in South America is always difficult and history has shown that - but hopefully we can do really well."

As FA chairman, Bernstein confronted a number of issues in the game, and played the lead role in stripping John Terry of the England captaincy after he was accused of racially abusing an opponent. Bernstein then oversaw a report on discrimination in football which was delivered to Downing Street.

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