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Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by etokhana: 3:25pm On Nov 11, 2020
Warning: This report contains offensive language.

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke has resigned over the "unacceptable" language he used when referring to black players.

Clarke said he was "deeply saddened" for the offence he had caused by using the term "coloured footballers".

The comments came as he was talking about the racist abuse of players by trolls on social media to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) select committee via video link.

Clarke said his words were a "disservice to our game".

He prompted further criticism when referring to gay players making a "life choice" and a coach telling him young female players did not like having the ball hit hard at them.

He also said there were "a lot more South Asians than there are Afro-Caribbeans" in the FA's IT department because "they have different career interests".

"We can confirm that Greg Clarke has stepped down from his role as our chairman," said an FA statement.

"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."

Following his resignation, Clarke said: "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."

During the parliamentary hearing, Clarke apologised after being prompted to say sorry by MP Kevin Brennan.

Brennan said Clarke's language in reference to black players was the kind that did not encourage inclusion, while fellow committee member Alex Davies-Jones called it "abhorrent".

Clarke had earlier spoken of the need to attract people into the sport from a diverse range of communities.

The equality charity Kick It Out said his remark about black players should be "consigned to the dustbin of history" and criticised his comments concerning people from South Asia, gay players and female footballers.

Clarke had been called to give evidence to the DCMS committee about the Premier League's potential bailout of English Football League clubs and the structural reforms proposed as part of Project Big Picture.

"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," added Clarke in the statement confirming his departure.

"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."

'Right to stand down' - reaction
A statement from anti-racism charity Show Racism the Red Card said Clarke's comments "only serve to demonstrate the power of language and the damage of stereotyping groups of people".

Speaking before the resignation was announced, Sanjay Bhandari, executive chair at Kick It Out, said Clarke's comments to the DCMS were outdated.

"I was particularly concerned by the use of lazy racist stereotypes about South Asians and their supposed career preferences. It reflects similar lazy stereotypes I have heard have been spouted at club academy level," he said.

"Being gay is not a 'life choice' as he claimed too. The casual sexism of saying girls do not like balls hit at them hard is staggering from anyone, let alone the leader of our national game. It is completely unacceptable."

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: "Greg Clarke's comments have caused deep offence and were completely unacceptable. I acknowledge his decades of service to football and his apology, but he was right to stand down as chairman of the FA."

David Bernstein, former FA chairman, told BBC Sport: "I am just surprised that the chair of any organisation who's got a feel of what's going on in the year 2020 could use those types of words, that sort of language. It's just inappropriate."

Darren Bent, former England striker: "Slip of the tongue was it? Awful, just awful."

Anton Ferdinand, former West Ham, Sunderland and QPR defender: "Clearly education is needed at all levels."

Julian Knight, DCMS select committee chairman: "It's right that Greg Clarke apologised before the committee. However, this isn't the first time that the FA has come to grief over these issues. It makes us question their commitment to diversity."

Alex Davies-Jones, DCMS committee member: "The language used by Greg Clarke in our meeting this morning was absolutely abhorrent. It speaks volumes about the urgent progress that needs to made in terms of leadership on equalities issues in sport. I can't believe we're still here in 2020."

Analysis
BBC sports editor Dan Roan

Three years ago - in front of the same parliamentary committee, Greg Clarke was criticised for referring to institutional racism as "fluff". He apologised after being chastised by MPs and reminded that language matters.

It appears the message did not get through.

Two weeks after the FA launched a new diversity code with the aim of finally tackling racial inequality in the game, such efforts have once again been called into question, despite Clarke always insisting it was one of his priorities.

Amid under-representation of BAME managers and board members, many critics will see Clarke's comments as evidence of the attitudes and language that has prevented the organisation from overseeing the progress hoped for in recent years, and it is no surprise that he has decided to step down.

There have been other awkward moments. In 2018, LGBT supporters group Pride in Football said it was "shocked" after Clarke signed a memorandum of understanding with the FA of Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.

In July, he had to backtrack after claiming representatives of the Premier League and EFL had blocked plans to increase racial diversity on the FA Board.

Despite having barely been seen since the start of the year, Clarke was already under pressure over his role initiating secret talks over the Project Big Picture plans for a radical overhaul of the English game. Indeed earlier in the committee hearing, he was asked if his authority was "shot", something he strongly denied.

But then came his comments on diversity. Amid an unprecedented financial crisis for the sport and damaging divisions with fans, leagues and government, the FA chairman has now had to go over yet another controversy.

This is another grim day for the game, at the worst possible moment.
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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by thesicilian: 3:27pm On Nov 11, 2020
Racism is a character you can't hide forever, one day one word or two will definitely slip out to betray you

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by Isaacetim19(m): 3:28pm On Nov 11, 2020
cool
Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by Freestainworld(m): 4:04pm On Nov 11, 2020
When will this happen in Africa, someone stepping down admitting his mistakes in a public office.

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by slawormiir: 5:27pm On Nov 11, 2020
Damnnn niggarrrr
Imagine step down on he own
But if na africa especially Nigerians them nor dey step down
Them die there...
Na wetin inspector General of police supposed do during the endsars protest

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by YahooG(m): 5:27pm On Nov 11, 2020
I don't blame the white,Blackman can't make his country attractive enough to attract the white man,so we can insult them back,but instead they will rush to a white mans land,and later will be shouting racism upandan,how many Asians are shouting racism,but Africa,just mention black Tyre,Sharp Sharp Racism,. Quote me and get hacked

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by incogni2o: 5:27pm On Nov 11, 2020
Every white man is a racist,

Prejudice lies in the nature of everyone.

And we are all guilty too

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by ivolt: 5:28pm On Nov 11, 2020
The man must be a weakling. He should have double down, attack the media, and blame liberals for his gaffe. Too bad FA just lost the greatest chairman ever!

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by Nobody: 5:28pm On Nov 11, 2020
that is human for u... Nigeria is even worst when it comes to discrimation and tribalism...
u haven't seen anything

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by xynerise: 5:28pm On Nov 11, 2020
Freestainworld:
When will this happen in Africa, someone stepping down admitting his mistakes in a public office.
NEVER

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by Enudapan: 5:28pm On Nov 11, 2020
Nah eh! No qualms
This is so unsophisticated
Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by lekki1444: 5:28pm On Nov 11, 2020
so because he said coloured ? thats not racist. people getting too sensitive

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by pickatyou2: 5:28pm On Nov 11, 2020
So we had a racist heading the board.






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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by Judithjovial(f): 5:28pm On Nov 11, 2020
Can they now appoint the first Black FA grin

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by merits(m): 5:29pm On Nov 11, 2020
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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by EmekaBlue(m): 5:29pm On Nov 11, 2020
Blacks like to cry racism too much, what is bad if he say coloured players...or are u not black?! after they will be bragging about saying black is beautiful...black is natural...this and that, that's how i called one very black Ghanaian lady saying all these about her skin shining black on Facebook. She blocked me till this day.

Inferiority complex kill blacks there. You should be proud of your skin. Yeye

For me call me black and watch me smile with all joy

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by EXLOVER(m): 5:29pm On Nov 11, 2020
I don't know why this whites are dumb when it comes to the skin colour of a thing, why do they hate blacks, why do they feel superior? When we all know the blood that run through our body is red.

Fvck Greg Clarke
Fvck FIFA
Fvck Buhari
Fvck Lord Luggard
Fvck Ahmed Garba
Fvck Femi Adesina
Fvck Seun
Fvck you too

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by Pavore9: 5:29pm On Nov 11, 2020
incogni2o:
Evry white man is a racist

Generalization is a dangerous mindset. Will you accept that every black man is tribalistic ?

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by oche2020: 5:29pm On Nov 11, 2020
In Nigeria they will have to beg Oga at the top to resigned him, instead of resigning him, he will be promoted or have tenure extension... I come in peace

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by incogni2o: 5:30pm On Nov 11, 2020
Pavore9:


Generalization is a dangerous mindset. Will you accept that every black man is a tribalist?

Sure, even you.

Racism is a form of Prejudice.

We just have to concioulsy fight it.

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by OriginalZombiE: 5:30pm On Nov 11, 2020
How does using the term "colored footballers" translate to racism?

Too many beta males and softies in this world.

Spits*

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by Zyxzzzz: 5:30pm On Nov 11, 2020
Fool
Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by codemaniacs: 5:30pm On Nov 11, 2020
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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by Merimental(m): 5:30pm On Nov 11, 2020
Judithjovial:
Can they now appoint the first Black FA grin

seriously ? how many Black managers are in d epl, ligue 1 n ligue 2.

racism is non verbal in England n Europe. it's a way of life.

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by sigiyaya(m): 5:30pm On Nov 11, 2020
The key word there is that "Football Association chairman Greg Clarke has resigned over the "unacceptable" language he used when referring to black players" Sometime an African in Africa can never ever do cry cry

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by Perfecttouch(m): 5:31pm On Nov 11, 2020
Ok
Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by FahBuLous: 5:31pm On Nov 11, 2020
It's good he stepped down..
Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by Pavore9: 5:31pm On Nov 11, 2020
incogni2o:


Sure, even you.

Racism is a form of Prejudice.

We just have to concioulsy fight it.

We all are biased but alluding that every Caucasian is racist towards blacks, doesn't cut it.

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by naijapips04: 5:31pm On Nov 11, 2020
Black people should just chill.

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Re: Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Remark About Black Players by helinues: 5:31pm On Nov 11, 2020
Ok

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