Greg Clarke has resigned as English Football Association chairman hours after referring to gamers from the BAME group as “coloured” throughout questions from members of parliament on Tuesday.
“We can confirm that Greg Clarke has stepped down from his role as our chairman,” the FA stated in a assertion.
“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.”
Clarke, talking in entrance of a Digital, Culture, Media & Sport choose committee, was discussing points round inclusion and variety in grassroots soccer when he made the remark.
Asked about the potential for a social media backlash for homosexual gamers ‘popping out’, Clarke stated: “If I look at what happens to high-profile female footballers, to high-profile coloured footballers, and the abuse they take on social media…. social media is a free-for-all.”
The FA issued a press release quickly after saying: “Greg Clarke is deeply apologetic for the language he used to reference members of the ethnic minority community during the select committee hearing today.
“He acknowledged that using the term ‘coloured’ is not appropriate and wholeheartedly apologised during the hearing.”