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Greg Clarke resigns as FA chairman after controversial comments on skin colour

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The Football Association is in crisis after chairman Greg Clarke quit following racist comments he made to the Government.

Clarke was left with no choice but to resign from his £190,000-a-year role as one of the most powerful men in English football.

The 63-year-old was forced to apologise after using the term 'coloured footballers' in a discussion with MPs about the current crisis facing football due to Covid-19.

Clarke was facing questions from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee when he used the word 'coloured' while addressing the issue of diversity in the game.

In a disastrous appearance before MPs, Clarke also made alarming references to women and South Asians and Afro Caribbeans, while describing homosexuality as a "life choice".

The FA issued a grovelling statement insisting Clarke was 'deeply apologetic' for his horrendous blunders.

Clarke contacted his fellow board members for support, but when none was forthcoming he was left with no choice but to tender his resignation.

He said in a statement: "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.

"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.

"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, who took on the role in 2016, had faced mounting pressure from anti-racism bodies, current and former players and even some of his own BAME staff within the FA.

Clarke is also expected to quit his role as England's representative and FIFA vice-president and Paul Elliott, who leads the FA's 'Inclusion Advisory Board', is among the early favourites to replace him.

Vice chairman Peter McCormick will be placed in temporary charge, with chief executive Mark Bullingham and an independent panel charged with appointing Clarke's successor.

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