‘They are completely unacceptable’: Casey Stoney hits out at disgraced ex-FA chairman Greg Clarke over outdated remarks as Man United Women head coach calls for a ‘more progressive’ replacement
- Man United Women head coach Casey Stoney has hit out at Greg Clarke
- The former FA chairman resigned from his role after controversial comments
- Clarke referred to black players as ‘coloured’ among other outdated remarks
- Stoney hopes the successor is progressive and advocates for inclusivity
Casey Stoney has hit out at former FA chairman Greg Clarke over the ‘completely unacceptable’ remarks that led to the chief’s resignation from the authority earlier this week.
Clarke, 63, stepped down from his role on Tuesday after a disastrous select committee session, in which he used the word ‘coloured’ when referring to black players, while also suggesting that the lack of goalkeepers in women’s football was due to girls not liking the ball being kicked at them.
Manchester United Women head coach Stoney is hopeful that the successor to Clarke’s position will strive to engineer change at the organisation in order to develop a progressive culture of inclusivity and diversity in football.
Man United Women head coach Casey Stoney has slammed former FA chief Greg Clarke
Clarke resigned on Tuesday after making controversial remarks in a select committee hearing
‘It just shows how much work we’ve still go to do,’ the former England defender said. ‘They are completely unacceptable. I think it was the right thing to stand down.
‘It’s extremely disappointing when the person at the top of that chain is making those comments and making them so flippantly and easily. It’s extremely disappointing.
‘Hopefully, you have to see this as an opportunity for positive change now. I think this is a really good opportunity for that.’
Since Clarke’s resignation, there have been calls for a BAME candidate to take over as FA chairman. Sportsmail have revealed that former Aston Villa and Celtic defender Paul Elliott has strong support from within the FA to take on the role.
Stoney said Clarke’s comments were ‘completely unacceptable’ as she bemoaned his remarks
The Red Devils boss hopes the next chairman is a strong advocate of inclusivity and diversity
Casey insists that the person appointed must be the right person for the job and be a strong advocate for inclusivity and diversity across the game.
‘Whether it’s a BAME candidate, whether it’s a female, it has to be the right person for the job, that can really take the FA forward and be more progressive, more inclusive, more diverse,’ Casey added.
‘Hopefully that includes the board too in terms of making positive change there because I don’t think it is diverse enough at the moment to represent society and represent the game that brings people together.’
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