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

Several representatives on the board of the Football Association (FA) have effectively blocked a review into its diversity, chairman Greg Clarke has claimed.

Mr Clarke says in a letter that the professional game representatives were among the members that blocked a number of options proposed to make the board more diverse.

“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 wrote.

“Both our independent directors offered to stand down to create opportunities for a more diverse board but the board was united in declining their offer.

“The professional game were against such a review, believing the changes introduced in 2017 were sufficient.

“The national game were sympathetic to a review and consultation with Council but did not want to oppose the professional 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.”

The representatives for the professional 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 jointly represents the Premier League and the EFL.

Clarke added: “I had hoped that the FA, as the game’s governing body, would have been able to examine whether its own board was appropriately constituted to represent a diverse game and share its thinking with Council.

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