Shamed ex-FA chairman Greg Clarke will keep his job as FIFA vice-president for £ 190,000 a year – claiming UEFA asked him to keep going despite his racist, homophobic and sexist gawking to protect their voting rights
- Clarke will not step down from his role as FIFA Vice President worth £ 190,000 a year
- The 63-year-old has said that UEFA has asked him to stay until March 2021
- Clarke resigned from his role as FA chairman Tuesday after a disastrous parliamentary hearing in which he referred to "colored" footballers
- FIFA issued a strong statement calling on Clarke to "do the right thing".
Greg Clarke has confirmed that he will not step down from his role as FIFA Vice-President despite a strongly worded statement from the Football Association.
The 63-year-old stepped out of favor on Tuesday after making various offensive comments on minority groups.
However, after being elected by UEFA last year, he plans to stay in his £ 190,000-a-year post, which runs until 2023.
Greg Clarke has refused to step down from his role as FIFA Vice President worth £ 190,000 a year
Clarke confirmed his decision this morning, insisting that he would only stay at the request of UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.
"I'm only staying at the request of UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin," he said Sky Sports on Thursday morning.
The decision has already sparked outrage in the football community, with Gary Neville leading the call to force Clarke to rethink.
"Unacceptable," the former Manchester United defender wrote on Twitter. & # 39; A resigned Fa Chairman remains FIFA Vice President! @FA you have the courage to deal with this mess. Independent supervisory authority as soon as possible! & # 39;
Clarke said he was asked by Aleksander Ceferin (left) to remain as FIFA Vice President.
In a strong statement on Wednesday evening, FIFA called on Clarke to "do the right thing".
FIFA appeared to be giving a strong indication of its stance on Clarke's position on Wednesday night – suggesting that this would be the "right thing".
A FIFA spokesperson said: “FIFA’s zero-tolerance position on discrimination remains firm and clear: all forms of discrimination, including racism, sexism and homophobia, have no place in football.
In the circumstances and given the nature of his comments, FIFA believes that Mr Clarke did the right thing to step down as Chairman of the FA on Tuesday.
Clarke has been elected to his position on the FIFA Council by UEFA and his term runs until 2023. Of course, he can step down from the FIFA Council, just as he has resigned as Chairman of the FA. It is up to Mr. Clarke to make that decision. & # 39;
Clarke made the comments before MPs in a department for digital, culture, media and sports hearing.
He referred to "footballers of color" and provoked further criticism by claiming that gay players made "a life choice".
Clarke's most shocking comments from Tuesday's hearing
CLARKE ON RACE
"When I look at what happens to high-profile female soccer players, high-profile black female footballers and the abuse they suffer on social media … Social media is free for everyone."
CLARKE ON RACE II
“If you go to the FA's IT department, there are a lot more South Asians than Afro-Caribbean. They have different professional interests. & # 39;
CLARKE ON SEXUALITY
"The real problem is, if you are going out in front of 60,000 people and you decided on Monday that you want to reveal your sexuality – and I would never press anyone to reveal their sexuality – what I want to do is know someone who does this runs onto the field and says, “I'm gay. I am proud of it and happy. It's a life choice, and I made it because my life is a better place. I would love to believe and I believe that they would have the support of their friends in the locker room.
CLARKE ON WOMEN
"I spoke to a coach – and I'm not sure if that's true – and said," What's the problem with goalkeepers in women's games? “She said,“ Young girls, when they take up the game (at the age of six, seven, eight) they just don't like it when the ball kicks them hard. ”They'd rather kick it than kick them. We need to understand that we need to look for different ways to get women into the position of goalkeeper. & # 39;
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