Shamed Greg Clarke resigns from untenable FIFA role after UEFA and FA wield axe

Greg Clarke has resigned as vice-president of FIFA in the wake of his shameful appearance before MPs.

Clarke was forced to quit as FA chairman earlier this week after making racist, sexist and homophobic remarks to the Government's Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Committee.

The 63-year-old was desperate to remain in his role with world football's governing body, but has bowed to more public pressure and stood down.

Clarke, who had been UEFA's representative on the FIFA Council, took the decision following a conversation with UEFA president Alexsander Ceferin.

It is understood Ceferin advised him his position had become untenable and that it would have been inappropriate for him to have continued in the role.

Clarke used an offensive term in reference to black players when he appeared in front of the Government as part of a hearing into the state of the English game amid the Covid-19 crisis.

He was also criticised for comments he made in reference to gay players making a "life choice", along with disaparaging remarks about South Asian people and female footballers.

Clarke was elected as a vice-president of FIFA in 2019 and earlier this week had vowed to stay on in that role until March 2021 at the request of Ceferin, in order to protect the European governing body's voting rights until then.

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But he changed his mind following a telephone call with Ceferin.

UEFA will appoint an interim replacement, from one of the home nations, to attend the next meeting, before naming a full-time replacement in March.

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