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FA chair threatens to quit over promises on racial diversity

MOVING THE GOALPOSTS: Greg Clarke speaks out

FOOTBALL'S GOVERNING body, the Football Association (FA) has pledged to change the demographic of its council members, who are mostly white and male.

The 122-member council has received a warning from FA chairman Greg Clarke who says that he is prepared to leave in the event that more black and minority ethnic (BAME) people are not appointed.

MPs are currently debating whether or not the FA, who has come under scrutiny in the past for mismanagement of funds, should remain free to regulate itself as opposed to receiving government intervention on its policies.

If certain procedures are not put in place by the FA itself, England may have to withdraw from the World Cup finals in 2018. The implementation of new measures should satisfy government watchdogs who will be reviewing the FA's attempts to introduce more non-white members as well as more women to its staff. The first review is scheduled for April.

Clarke told reporters:

“Delivering real change is my responsibility and I firmly believe this is critical for the future of the game.

"If the government is not supportive of the changes when they are presented in the coming months, I will take personal responsibility for that. I will have failed. I will be accountable for that failure and would in due course step down from my role.”

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