Disgraced Greg Clarke quits £190k-a-year Fifa vice-president job after resigning as FA chairman
DISGRACED former FA chairman Greg Clarke has resigned from his £190,000-a-year job with Fifa.
Clarke, forced to quit his Wembley role after a car-crash appearance before MPs on Monday, had wanted to keep his role on the Fifa Council until March.
The ex-Wembley chief claimed he had been asked to stay on by Uefa boss Aleksander Ceferin to ensure that European football did not lose a vote on any contentious issues arising over the coming months.
But Uefa’s own rulebook says that the European governing body has the right to elect a replacement for any vice-president or council member who leaves their position.
And in a statement, Uefa confirmed: “Following a telephone call this morning between the Uefa President and Greg Clarke, they agreed with Greg Clarke’s proposal that he should step down with immediate effect from his position as a Uefa representative on Fifa Council.”
The U-turn came just hours after Clarke told Sky Sports News: “I am staying purely at the request of Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin.”
It was claimed that Ceferin, still locked in a bitter power battle with Fifa president Gianni Infantino and who has formed a strategic alliance with South American chiefs on a number of proposals, was concerned at losing one of his bloc’s eight votes on the 37-member Council.
There was a suggestion that Ceferin’s willingness to keep Clarke on for four months was a repayment for the FA chairman’s vote in favour of Colombia’s bid to stage the 2023 Women’s World Cup.
That came despite Fifa’s official bid team strongly coming down on the side of the winning bid from Australia and New Zealand, with Clarke taking flak from both nations for seemingly ignoring the strong links between the Antipodean countries and the UK.
But it then emerged that Uefa’s own rulebook DID allow them to replace Clarke – and, in fact, demanded they do so if he stood down.
Article 5 of Uefa Statutes reads: “If a Vice-President or a person elected to the Fifa Council vacates his position during his term of office, the Uefa Executive Committee shall elect a replacement for the remaining period until the next Congress.”
Clarke resigned as FA chairman on Tuesday following the grilling in front of Parliament.
The 63-year-old was forced into two public apologies after making reference to 'coloured footballers' and then suggesting that being gay was a lifestyle choice.
Upon quitting, he said: "My unacceptable words in front of Parliament were a disservice to our game and to those who watch, play, referee and administer it. This has crystallised my resolve to move on.
"I am deeply saddened that I have offended those diverse communities in football that I and others worked so hard to include."
What he said wasn't acceptable and there was no alternative but for him to go
England boss Gareth Southgate said there was 'no alternative' but for Clarke to step away.
Speaking ahead of his side's clash with Ireland, he said: "We can't just keep standing in front of the cameras talking about change.
"We are seeing a lot of change in society and football needs to be at the front of that.
"What's a shame for him [Clarke] is he has done a lot of work behind the scenes to support the diversity code and make inroads into relationships around Europe.
"But what he said wasn't acceptable and there was no alternative but for him to go."
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