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English FA Chairman Greg Clarke resigns after inappropriate remarks about black footballers

English FA Chairman Greg Clarke resigns after inappropriate remarks about black footballers

English Football Association Chairman Greg Clarke has resigned after a parliamentary appearance in which he made series of inappropriate remarks about women, gay, and minority ethnic people involved in football.

Following a furious backlash of Clarke’s comments, the FA announced after an emergency meeting of its board that Clarke would be leaving the position he has held since 2017 immediately.

In a statement, the FA said: “We can confirm that Greg Clarke has stepped down from his role as our chairman. Peter McCormick will step into the role of interim FA Chairman with immediate effect and the FA board will begin the process of identifying and appointing a new chairman in due course.”

Clarke released his own statement apologising for any offense he might have committed due to his inappropriate words.

“My unacceptable words in front of Parliament were a disservice to our game and to those who watch, play, referee and administer it,” Clarke said on Tuesday evening.

“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.”

Clarke, 63, also holds a role as a Vice-President at the international governing body, FIFA.

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