Greg Clarke Resigns as England FA Chairman

Greg Clarke has resigned as chairman of England Football Association following his unacceptable language in regards to people of ethnic minorities during a talk to MPs within Department for Culture, Media and Sport select committee.

During his appearance via video link during the meeting, Clarke used the term “coloured players” but issued an immediate apology of “If I said it, I deeply apologise,” when prompted to apologise by MP Kevin Brennan.

Clarke has since announced that he is resigning as chairman of the FA “with immediate effect” given the controversy surrounding his choice of words, issuing a statement in which he acknowledged the incident in front of MPs, saying; “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.”

The 63 year-old also personally spoke of the fact that he is “deeply saddened” to “have offended those diverse communities in football that I and others worked so hard to include’ since becoming Chairman of the FA in 2016.

The former chairman of Leicester City meanwhile admitted in his statement that he had considered ‘standing down for some time’, as he said; “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”.

Clarke concluded by thanking his friends and colleagues within football for their “wisdom and counsel” of which they’ve shared over several years.

This controversy comes just two days before England host Republic of Ireland in an international friendly on Thursday ahead of UEFA Nations League matches against Belgium and Iceland on 15 and 18 November 2020 respectively.

Here is Clarke’s statement in full;

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.

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.

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