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Greg Clarke resigns as Football Association chairman after remark about black players

I read the interview, and basically the poor old sod couldn't keep up with the weekly changes of what you have to call other "races "

Get them all together, decide what they want to be addressed by, then if their description later turns into a swear word, maybe THEY might be at fault.....
 

Cold_Collation

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The people who complain about racism so much can be quite opinionated themselves. I find that whites tend to ask you about your background or don't say too much, while blacks just speak for you.
Ah, but this is now termed a 'micro-aggression', you see, because asking where you're from is to imply that you're not from here.

Don't let the norms of human discourse, developed over many thousands of years and across many cultures, get in the way of a transient political construct's determination to be offended.
 

sirbhp

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as your resident red under the bed , I watched the interview on bbc news and i dint hear anything to cause all this fuss .... is it me ?
 
Another Torygraph article where comments are switched off!!

Why the next chair of the FA should be a woman​

Football is a brilliantly diverse sport and it's time that the sport's leadership finally represented that
ROSA SILVERMAN12 November 2020 • 5:13pm
Rosa Silverman


Greg Clarke

FA chairman Greg Clarke resigned after a series of inappropriate comments
“The leadership and management of football, one of the most diverse games on the planet, is still controlled, fundamentally, by white men.” Those were the damning words of Dame Heather Rabbatts, who for five years was the only woman and only BAME member of the board of the Football Association (FA).
She is now being touted in some circles as its potential future boss, following the resignation of chairman Greg Clarke this week. Her remarks, made on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, succinctly capture the problem at the heart of the game and underline the urgent need for change.
Clarke’s departure after making racially offensive, sexist and homophobic remarks is only the latest embarrassment for the sport’s governing body in recent years. Last year, players and coaches called on it to take a tougher approach on racism amid an increase in incidents of racial abuse in English football. A report by anti-discrimination charity Kick It Out laid bare the scale of the problem, with Home Office figures also showing in January a more than 50 per cent rise in football-related racist incidents on the year before.
The feeling among many was that although the FA was trying to tackle the problem, clearly more needed to be done. Not just to kick racism into the long grass either.
In 2018, the FA provoked anger and dismay after posting a sexist tweet about the England national women’s side. “Scrub up well, don’t they?” was its caption on a photo of the team.
The previous year, it was reported that FA executives were asked seven times for help by Lucy Ward, a former Leeds United academy welfare office and a victim of sex discrimination in football, before they told her they would not be pursuing her case.
You could be forgiven for thinking the march of progress has been linear. After all, record-breaking numbers tuned in to watch the Women’s World Cup in 2019. Yet a survey published last month by Women in Football found two-thirds of women working in the sport had experienced gender discrimination in the workplace.
Dame Heather Rabbatts

Dame Heather Rabbatts was the first woman on the FA's board; a position she held for five years CREDIT: Geoff Pugh/The Telegraph
This mixed and unsettling picture underscores the contradictions that still persist as things stand. As Dame Heather points out, football is brilliantly diverse. Its leadership has historically not been. Now is the time to change that. The reason for Clarke’s demise is also the reason why a change at the top is needed. It’s gratifying to see Dame Heather is one of several women in the running to fill the vacancy.
Eni Aluko, the director of women’s football at Women’s Super League club Aston Villa, Baroness Sue Campbell, FA director of women’s football, and Stacey Cartwright, an independent FA board member, have all been mentioned in lists of the runners and riders. Yes, it’s depressing that in 2020 this is all something of a novelty. But sadly that’s where we are.
It’s time now to focus on the future. A woman at the top of the sport’s governing body won’t change its whole culture overnight. But it would send a powerful message that the FA really is serious about rooting out insidious toxic attitudes that have long been permitted to linger. As former England defender Joleon Lescott has pointed out, Clarke’s resignation in itself is not going to improve diversity. The problems, he suggested in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, are structural.
But a shake-up at the top is surely a good place to start. It would also signify an overdue recognition that the future of the sport is female. Only among girls and women does there truly remain potential for massive growth in football: an almost untapped reservoir of new talent and new fans to bring on board.
For all the high profile mistakes, a huge amount of progress has been made in bringing the game up to date. Let’s hope the FA takes this opportunity to put a full stop on the era that gave us language like that used by Clarke, and make it a sport in which all people – players and fans alike – can feel comfortable and proud.
 
Some people started deciding on behalf of others whether they should be offended or not.


^ This.

People are being deliberately segregated by those imposing Identity Politics. But, in general, those groups are not the ones that are complaining. It's 'activists'. Quite often the person taking offence and creating trouble is not even a member of the group concerned.
 
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Maybe footballers should show solidarity with the former FA Boss by standing instead if taking a knee.
 
This kneeling crap will last less than a second when crowds are allowed back into grounds.
 

Auld-Yin

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This kneeling crap will last less than a second when crowds are allowed back into grounds.
True, the sound of laughter might just turn them back to homo-erectus:)
 
You’ll be homo erectus wankerii in that case.
 
True, the sound of laughter might just turn them back to homo-erectus:)
I think laughter would be the least of their problems.
 

Cold_Collation

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I think laughter would be the least of their problems.
Joking aside, there's a lot happened this year that wouldn't have if lockdown hadn't happened.

XR/BLM saw their opportunity to fill the space on the empty streets. XR could never have pulled that stunt at the Cenotaph yesterday if a full, normal parade had taken place.

I really hope that in time these ticks on the back of civilisation are seen as they are.
 

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