FA chairman; coloured footballers – He said: ““I am deeply saddened that I have offended those diverse communities in football that I and others worked so hard to include.
Greg Clarke has quit as the chairman of the FA after using the term ‘coloured footballers’ while being quizzed by MPs.
The purpose of Clarke appearing before the Digital, Culture, Media, Sport committee on Tuesday had been to discuss the governance of the game, particularly related to the financial rescue package from the Premier League to the EFL and also the recent revelations of his involvement in Project Big Picture discussions.
Clarke was forced to apologise for using the word “coloured” to MPs during talks on Tuesday, while he also faced criticism for saying: “If you go to the IT department at the FA there’s a lot more South Asians than there are Afro Caribbeans. They have different career interests.” Clarke also caused outrage by saying being gay is a “life choice”.
Clarke received backlash from the wider football community, including anti-discrimination campaigners Kick It Out and LGBT+ charity Stonewall, and he has now resigned from his role as FA chairman.
Peter McCormick will step into the role as interim FA chairman with immediate effect and the FA Board will begin the process of identifying and appointing a new chair in due course.
“As a person who loves football and has given decades of service to our game, it is right that I put the interests of football first,” said Clarke.
2020 has been a challenging year and I have been actively considering standing down for some time to make way for a new Chair now our CEO transition is complete and excellent executive leadership under Mark Bullingham is established.
“My unacceptable words in front of Parliament were a disservice to our game and to those who watch, play, referee and administer it. This has crystallised my resolve to move on.
“I am deeply saddened that I have offended those diverse communities in football that I and others worked so hard to include.
I would like to thank my friends and colleagues in the game for the wisdom and counsel they have shared over the years and resign from the FA with immediate effect.”