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FA Statement

Update on leadership of governing body

11 November 2020

Late yesterday, The Football Association issued a statement about a change in its leadership. Greg Clarke announced he was stepping down as FA Chairman. Mr Clarke also issued a statement. See more below.

FA STATEMENT

The Football Association can confirm that Greg Clarke has stepped down from the role as FA Chairman. Please see Greg Clarke’s statement below. 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.

The FA would also like to reaffirm that as an organisation, we are absolutely committed to doing everything we can to promote diversity, address inequality, and tackle all forms of discrimination in the game. 

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GREG CLARKE 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. 2020 has been a challenging year and I have been actively considering standing down for some time to make way for a new Chair now our CEO transition is complete and excellent executive leadership under Mark Bullingham is established.

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.

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