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

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.
Can’t wait for them to try road blocking demos with football crowds.
As I've said before, the fact that buffoons like Owen Jones are able to bang on endlessly that this country is prejudiced proves that it isn't.

If it were, he wouldn't have an audience for two reasons: societal pressures wouldn't allow him to voice his opinions (still managing to square conservative Islam with homophobia, Owen? Or the racial tensions exclusively within the B(A)ME community/ies?); and polarising media outlets such as The Guardian would have been banned.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is another.

How these people get air-time, other than being effective clickbait for viewers who consider themselves more intelligent (in the sense that they watch 'current affairs' as distinct from Kyle-type rubbish), is beyond me.

They add nothing to harmony.

I would like to see YA-B repatriated to Uganda, where she can accuse the authorities of being wicked racists to her heart‘s content.
She might not last too long.
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 ?
Agreed. There was nothing offensive there as I saw it but it was apparent they wanted to throw Clarke under the bus and the offence of using 'incorrect' language was the perfect excuse. The thought police are truly amongst us.
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.
Over the last few years or so I have become increasingly disinterested in football. With a number of games being shown on TV during the lockdown, and with me not having Sky or any other subscription TV service, I thought I'd watch some. Then I saw they were all 'taking the knee' and decided they could FRO. I'm not going to watch them show support for this Marxist BLM bollox. Then there's the above newspaper article. Clearly more 'white men bad' agenda. Added to that the way the Premier League is feathering its own nest with all the riches it can hang onto and fcuk the rest of the football pyramid, I have just about given up on the sport as an interest. Footy's been on the telly box tonight and absolutely no fux were given by me about watching it.


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Agreed. There was nothing offensive there as I saw it but it was apparent they wanted to throw Clarke under the bus and the offence of using 'incorrect' language was the perfect excuse. The thought police are truly amongst us.

The logic - I'm told - is that "coloured" emphasises the, ermm, colour and "people of colour" emphasises the person-ness. This is said with a straight face and no sense of self-awareness by the same people who are always saying "white people".

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