Greg Clarke resigns as FA chairman after controversial comments at DCMS hearing

Greg Clarke has resigned as chairman of the Football Association in the wake of his remarks to MPs on Tuesday.

Clarke was earlier forced to apologise after he used the word "coloured" among other controversial comments before a Digital, Culture, Media, Sport committee.

The FA said: "We can confirm that Greg Clarke has stepped down from his role as our chairman.

"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."

Clarke was criticised by anti-discrimination group Kick It Out after saying that black and South Asian people had "different career interests" from each other, and also drew complaints for saying a coach had told him that the lack of women's goalkeepers was due to girls not liking the ball being kicked at them.

Stonewall UK was among those who condemned Clarke when he insinuated that being gay was a "life choice".

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Football League Chairman Greg Clarke (left) applauds as Crewe Alexandra's fist team manger Dario Gradi MBE (right) recieves his Contribution to League football Award at the Football League Awards 2011
Football League Chairman Greg Clarke (left) presents the Contribution to Football Award to former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton at the Football League Awards
FA Chiarman Greg Clarke in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee at Portcullis House in Westminster, London.
FA Chairman Greg Clarke (right) with FIFA President Gianni Infantino (left)
FA chairman Greg Clarke with England's Harry Kane before the International Friendly at Wembley Stadium, London.
FA chairman Greg Clarke, Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daneil Levy and Liverpool owner John W. Henry after the UEFA Champions League Final at the Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid.
LEICESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 10: Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, Apichet Srivaddhanaprabha, Greg Clarke, Richard Scudamore, Mike Garlick and Lord Lieutenant Mike Kapur lay wreaths in honour of remembrance day and the clubs late chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha ahead of the Premier League match between Leicester City and Burnley at King Power Stadium on October 10th, 2018 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - JULY 11: (L-R) UK Vice-President of FIFA David Gill, Chairman of the FA Greg Clarke and FIFA President Gianni Infantino attend the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Semi Final match between England and Croatia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 11, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)
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