FA chairman Greg Clarke claims bid to increase diversity on its board was blocked

Derrick Santistevan

Numerous agents on the board of the Football Association (FA) have efficiently blocked a review into its diversity, chairman Greg Clarke has actually declared.

Mr Clarke states in a letter that the expert game agents were amongst the members that blocked a variety of choices proposed to make the board more varied.

“We discussed a number of options including: making the chair of the inclusion advisory board (Paul Elliott) a director and giving the professional and national games an extra board seat each that could provide the flexibility to allow appointment of diverse candidates should they be the best qualified person for the role,” he composed.

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” Both our independent directors provided to stand down to develop chances for a more varied board however the board was joined in declining their deal.

” The expert game protested such a review, thinking the changes presented in 2017 sufficed.

” The national game were understanding to a review and assessment with Council however did not desire to oppose the expert game.

“However, without the support of the professional game and national game, who have a majority of directors, a review of the FA board composition is not possible.”

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The agents for the expert game are Peter McCormick, who is the chairman of the legal advisory group of the Premier League, Rick Parry, the English Football League (EFL) chairman and Rupinder Bains, who collectively represents the Premier League and the EFL.

Clarke added: “I had actually hoped that the FA, as the game’s governing body, would have been able to take a look at whether its own board was properly made up to represent a varied game and share its believing with Council.

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” This procedure is occurring throughout football however will not now occur with regard to the FA board.

” As FA chairman this dissatisfies me, as leader of Council I felt honour bound to notify you of the scenario.

“It seems to me better to be open on the issue now rather than surprise Council when Paul Elliott publishes the recommendations of his working group in October.”

Anti-racism group Fare criticised the Premier League following the publishing of Clarke’s claims.

Piara Powar, the group’s executive director, tweeted: “Hey @premierleague you utilized your veto to obstruct a certified black individual signing up with the FA board.

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“We know you support #BlackLivesMatter it appeared on the backs of players shirts. Show that wasn’t an empty gesture, let qualified people sit around the top table. Share power.”

High profile players, consisting of Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, have actually just recently called on people in high profile positions to speak up on bigotry and carry out modification.

Premier League players had Black Lives Matter on the back of their t-shirts when the season rebooted in June, after the killing of George Floyd triggered global demonstrations.

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