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Former FA chairman Clarke resigns from FIFA Council


A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament’s Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows FA Chairman Greg Clarke giving evidence remotely to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee in London on November 10, 2020. – Greg Clarke resigned as chairman of the Football Association on Tuesday following a remark he made to lawmakers about black players. Clarke was earlier forced to apologise after he used the word “coloured” among other controversial comments when talking to the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media, Sport Committee about diversity issues. (Photo by – / PRU / AFP) /

Former Football Association chairman Greg Clarke resigned from his role as a FIFA vice-president on Thursday, two days after he left the FA over a series of offensive remarks.

Clarke quit his role at the English governing body on Tuesday after making a series of “unacceptable” comments to a committee of lawmakers, including referring to “coloured footballers” in reference to black players.

The 63-year-old was also criticised for describing homosexuality as a “life choice” in the comments to the House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, for referring to the “different career interests” of people from ethnic minorities and for controversial remarks about girls’ football.


European football’s governing body UEFA said in a statement on Thursday: “Following a telephone call this morning between the UEFA president (Aleksander Ceferin) and Greg Clarke, they agreed with Greg Clarke’s proposal that he should step down with immediate effect from his position as a UEFA representative on the FIFA Council.”

England boss Gareth Southgate said on Wednesday that Clarke had had “no alternative” but to step down from the FA, while former England Women captain Casey Stoney added the comments were “completely unacceptable”.


The FA appointed Peter McCormick as interim chairman following Clarke’s departure and said it hoped to appoint a new chairman by the end of March.

Paul Elliott, the chairman of the FA’s inclusion advisory board, and Bobby Barnes, the deputy chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, have both been mooted as strong contenders.


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