Greg Clarke also stepped down as vice-president of FIFA World Football Association two days after his departure as president of the English Football Association. The 63-year-old Englishman has drawn his conclusions after a racist statement.
Clarke spoke at a hearing this week about “colored footballers” when he spoke of ethnic minorities in English football. The English word ‘colored’ is seen as racist.
The ruling led to Clarke’s departure as FA president on Wednesday and now, two days later, he has decided to step down from FIFA after speaking with UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin.
Clarke was confronted with his verdict during the hearing in question. He immediately apologized and later did so in an FA statement, but that failed to prevent a storm of criticism on social media.
Clark has been the head of England’s Football Association since 2016 and has served as FIFA Vice President since early 2019, chaired by Gianni Infantino.
Previously, he was director of the Football League, the organizer of the English professional leagues under the Premier League, and at the turn of the century Clarke was chairman of Leicester City.