Former England manager Graham Taylor has insisted he would never have blocked black footballers' path into the national team and denied that two Football Association members tried to cap numbers.
The claim that the FA members approached Taylor is made in a new book by Emy Onuora.
In the book, Onuora writes that former Birmingham striker Richie Moran was told by Taylor that he was spoken to by two FA members - who are not named - with the request to limit black players in his team.
Taylor denies that such conversations with anyone from the FA took place.
Moran is quoted as saying: "Graham Taylor came up to me and said: 'Look, I'm going to tell you something. I'm never going to admit it, I will be sued for libel.' He said: 'When I was manager of England I was called in by two members of the FA, who I won't name.'