FA chairman Greg Clarke forced to apologise after making racist slur

FA chairman Greg Clarke has been forced to apologise for making a racist slur.

Clarke used the phrase “coloured footballers” while giving evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee.

The bumbling Football Association also used an offensive racist stereotype about Asians while also claiming that a coach had told him that young girls do not like the ball being kicked at them.

It will raise major question marks whether he should be able to keep his job after a series of own goals from the man at the top of the English game.

Clarke said: “If I said it I deeply apologise for it, I worked in the USA for many years and was required to use the phrase ‘people of colour’ and I sometimes trip up on my words.”

FA chairman Greg Clarke has apologised for his controversial reference

Clarke also used a terrible outdated racist stereotype about Asians within the Football Association.

He added: “If you go to the IT department at the FA there’s a lot more South Asians than there are Afro Caribbeans. They have different career interests.”

It was a major own goal that has caused a huge backlash on social media and will inevitably lead to question marks over his suitability for the job.

Clarke had actually been called to give evidence to the DCMS committee over Project Big Picture and reforms within the Premier League and EFL.

Clarke has been in his role as chairman of the FA since 2016
Clarke has been in his role as chairman of the FA since 2016

Committee chairman Julian Knight quizzed Clarke why he attended 18 meetings on Project Big Picture and questioned whether his standing had been compromised.

Knight asked: “You don’t recognise the characterisation that your authority is absolutely shot?”

Clarke replied: “My standing within the game is absolutely fine. I’m not sure that’s the case in the media but that’s another matter.”

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