Greg Clarke Resigns As English FA Chairman After Calling Black Footballers ‘Coloured’

Greg Clarke LGBT+ Chairman's reception, Wembley Stadium, London, UK - 04 Feb 2020 Photo: Joanne Davidson for The FA

Greg Clarke has resigned as the chairman of the English Football Association.

Earlier on Tuesday, Clarke had apologised after using the word “coloured” in an answer he gave to MPs at a committee hearing.

Clarke was answering a question around the difficulty of homosexual players in the men’s game coming out because of social media backlash.

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Clarke had said: “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.

“People can see if you’re black and if they don’t like black people, because they’re filthy racists, they will abuse you anonymously online.

“They can see if you’re a woman, some of the high-profile black, female footballers take terrible abuse, absolutely vile abuse.

“I haven’t talked directly to gay footballers because I haven’t been able to find any who would meet me but I talk to other people around the game and they say ‘why would you voluntarily sign up for that abuse?”‘

When Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee member Kevin Brennan pointed out the word he had used and asked Clarke if he would like to withdraw it, Clarke said: “If I said it I deeply apologise.

“I am a product of working overseas, where I was required to use the phrase people of colour. Sometimes I trip over my words.”

The FA later tweeted to say: “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.”

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