FA chairman Greg Clarke RESIGNS after he referred to ‘coloured footballers’, claimed South Asians and Afro-Caribbean people have ‘different career interests’ and suggested being gay is a ‘life choice’ during car-crash grilling by MPs
- FA chairman Greg Clarke was forced to apologise after using the term ‘coloured footballers’ in giving evidence to Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
- Clarke also made clumsy comments over gay footballers and the women’s game
- He resigned from after pressure from figures within his own organisation
FA chairman Greg Clarke sensationally resigned his position on Tuesday following a disastrous parliamentary appearance in which he referred to ‘coloured footballers’ amongst a host of other offensive gaffes.
In giving evidence via video link to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Clarke also voiced several other offensive stereotypes, claiming that South Asians and Afro-Caribbean people have ‘different career interests’ on the basis of the make-up of the FA’s IT department, as well as describing homosexuality as a ‘life choice.’
Clarke offered an apology soon afterwards after being prompted to do so by Kevin Brennan MP, which was later expanded on by an FA spokesperson, but this was not enough to assuage the anger and embarrassment of staff at Wembley and he is understood to have resigned this afternoon.
The 63-year-old also offered a personal apology to the FA’s BAME staff.
Clarke was slammed by footballers including including the former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, Anton Ferdinand and Stan Collymore, who called his comments ‘flat out racial profiling’
Kick It Out responded with a damning statement, saying Clarke’s comments were ‘lazy stereotypes’ and ‘casual sexism’ that represent ‘a big step backwards’ after other commendable work from the FA.
Clarke was also slammed by footballers including including the former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, Anton Ferdinand and Stan Collymore, who called his comments ‘flat out racial profiling’.
The governing body’s BAME staff were left horrified by the chairman’s comments, particularly given they come just two weeks after the FA launched a new Diversity Code featuring specific recruitment targets for all clubs, and they have the sympathy of many colleagues from all backgrounds.
‘There will be momentum for him to go,’ an FA insider told Sportsmail. Clarke resigned within hours of the disastrous DCMS address.
More to follow.