FA chief executive Mark Bullingham distances himself from shamed Greg Clarke

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham has distanced himself from Greg Clarke and insisted the former chairman's racist and sexist comments to MPs does not reflect his organisation.

Clarke was forced to resign following his disgraceful remarks to the Government's DCMS Committee hearing into the current state of English football following the impact of Covid-19.

Clarke, who referred to "coloured footballers" and also insisted homosexuality was a "life choice", was left with no choice but to quit his £190,000-a-year role as one of the most powerful men in the game.

Bullingham is now charged with finding Clarke's replacement and has vowed the selection process will be diverse, in a bid to find the best person possible.

The likes of Baroness Sue Campbell and Paul Elliott are among the front runners to become the new chairman.

Bullingham said: "We respect his (Clarke's) decision and are clear that his words simply do not reflect the views of The FA, our people and the organisation we are today.

"We are committed to playing a lead role in actively enhancing equality and diversity across English football, whilst steadfastly challenging and tackling all forms of discrimination.

"With other Board Directors, Peter (McCormick, interim chairman) and I are finalising the process for recruiting a new independent chair of The FA.

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"Our aim is to have one in place as soon as possible. Our process will be open and conform to the 'Diversity Code', ensuring that we are able to select the best candidate from a diverse talent pool.

"We know that football has the power to unite and bring people together. We have a clear and focused vision on how we will do that, improving opportunities within football by breaking down barriers, so that we have an inclusive game that we can all be proud of.

"We absolutely recognise that there is more work to be done, but our commitment and passion to help improve lives, embrace diversity and create opportunities will remain fundamental to our organisation for years to come."

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