The Football Association (FA) in England has announced that Greg Clarke has tendered his resignation from his role as the chairman of the Association following his “harmful, archaic” and “deeply offensive” remarks.
“We can confirm that Greg Clarke has stepped down from the 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.
“We would like to reaffirm that, as an organisation, we are absolutely committed to doing everything we can to promote diversity, address inequality and tackle all forms of discrimination in the game,” the FA stated on their official Twitter account.
Clarke’s remarks over a video link before a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee, were branded “harmful”, “archaic” and “deeply offensive” by a host of anti-discrimination groups.
However, the FA outgoing Chairman has apologised after he used the word “coloured” to describe black players and insinuated that being gay was a “life choice” in a statement following his resignation.
He said, “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,” he said.
‘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.”
The FA will begin its search for a new chairman following Clarke’s departure.
By Mauwane Raophala