The English Football Association is likely to appoint Greg Dyke as its new chairman, nine years after he resigned as BBC director general following a report that the British government embellished intelligence to justify war in Iraq.
The FA board has approved the 65-year-old Dyke to succeed David Bernstein, who is forced to leave the job when he turns 70 in May. Dyke's appointment is subject to approval by the FA council.
Dyke, a former Manchester United director, has been chairman of third-tier club Brentford since 2006.
In 2003, the BBC accused the government of "sexing up" a dossier about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq with information it knew was wrong. Dyke resigned in 2004 after a judicial inquiry criticized the broadcaster's journalistic standards.