FA chairman Greg Clarke has apologised for referring to "coloured footballers" while giving evidence to MPs. Clarke was answering a question around the difficulty of gay 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 Sometimes I trip over my words. A statement released on Twitter by The FA shortly after the hearing read: "Greg Clarke is deeply apologetic for the language he used to reference members of the ethnic minority community during the select committee hearing today. Greg Clarke is deeply apologetic for the language he used to reference members of the ethnic minority community during the select committee hearing today.
Clarke was also criticised for referencing 'differing career interests' between people from south Asian and African-Caribbean backgrounds when he was asked what the FA was doing to improve diversity within the governing body. He has tried to now make sure he has representation within diverse communities," Clarke said.
If you look at top-level football, the Afro-Caribbean community is over-represented versus the South Asian community. They have different career interests.
Later, Clarke discussed the environment in football that would await a male professional player who came out publicly as gay. In doing so, he used the phrase "life choice", although it was unclear whether he was referring to sexuality itself or the decision such a player would make to come out.
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I'm proud of it and I'm happy. It's a life choice, and I've made it because my life is a better place', I'd like to believe and I do believe they would have the support of their mates in the changing room," Clarke said.
He said: "The question is really, is someone like Mr Clarke who uses such unfortunate phrases and has used unfortunate phrases in the past and has shown to flounder over some of these issues, whether or not he really is the right person to carry the FA forwards when it has all these issues to deal with. A lot of that good and that good communication was outdone with the use of that phraseology and one has to wonder whether or not frankly he is the correct person in terms of at least communicating the mission of the FA.
In , following a long legal dispute, former England player Aluko received an apology from the FA for discriminatory remarks made by former England head coach Mark Sampson on the grounds of race.
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