UK Football Association chairman Greg Clarke has resigned after causing a sensation over claims he used racially insensitive language when discussing black players.

Clarke apologized for using the term “footballers of color” during a video-linked conference to discuss the scourge of racism in sport with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) selection committee and said he was “deeply sad”. through its “unacceptable” language. He added that his comments “did our game a disservice”.

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Clarke was initially asked by MP Kevin Brennan, who was present on the call, to apologize to Clarke. Brennan later said that Clarke’s choice of words did not promote inclusion in the game, while committee member Alex Davies-Jones described the language as “hideous”.

Englishman Clarke, 62, succeeded Greg Dyke as FA chairman in 2016 but admitted his mistake in a lengthy resignation letter in which he said: “My unacceptable words in front of Parliament have been of disservice to our game and to us those who are watching, playing, refereeing and managing it, this crystallized my determination to move on.

“I am deeply saddened to have insulted these different communities in football that I and others have worked so hard to involve.”

No wonder Gregg Clarke has stepped down as FA chairman. This organization needs massive clarification. She’s still stuck in the dark age. It’s like a Working Mans Club

– Lee Johnson (POPWORLD MAGS) (@ Lee18_92Johnson) November 10, 2020

Gregg Clarke chose the Triple Whammy. Racist, sexist and homophobic. Good ride.

– That’s life … (@Ceepz) November 10, 2020

Gregg Clarke may have resigned but will be replaced by someone from the FA conveyor belt. Serious reforms were needed at the top, not just slurred slogans

– Muhammed Islam (@ M_Islam94) November 10, 2020

Clarke has been the target of further criticism of comments suggesting that gay players make “choices” and that female soccer players do not like it when the ball is violently kicked at them. He has also previously described the concept of systemic racism as “fluff”.

Kick It out, the watchdog of racial equality, said Clarke’s comments should “be thrown in the trash can of history”.

“I was particularly concerned about the use of lazy racial stereotypes about South Asians and their alleged career preferences. They reflect similar lazy stereotypes that I have heard spread at the club academy level,” said Sanjay Bhandari, Executive Chair at Kick It Out said.

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“Being gay is not a ‘life choice’ as he also claimed. The casual sexism of saying ‘girls’ doesn’t like it when balls are hit hard by anyone, let alone the leader of our national game. It is totally unacceptable. “

The FA has confirmed Clarke’s resignation, stating that Peter McCormick will temporarily assume the chairmanship before identifying candidates for Clarke’s permanent successor.


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