FA Council member quits over racist email
Published 16:58 22/09/11 By Laurie Hanna
A Football Association boss caught up in a racism row is to step down.
Peter Brown, who is chief executive of the Bedfordshire FA and has been on the FA Council for more than 10 years, forwarded a racist joke from his business email account, just days after black England players endured abuse in Bulgaria.
Brown offered to resign after it was revealed he had sent the email, but will now remain in his position until January, when his successor is appointed.
In a statement, Richard Robinson, chairman of Bedfordshire County FA, said: “Following recent speculation regarding the position of our chief executive it has been decided that Peter Brown will stand down from the role on 31 December 2011.
“The Board of Directors declined to accept Mr Brown’s resignation asking him to remain in the post until a successor is suitably in position at the start of January 2012. The process of appointing a successor will commence immediately.
“This decision has received the full support of the County FA Council and other partners.”
Earlier this month, Brown apologised and said: “I made an error of judgement and apologise for any embarrassment caused to the FA. I am not racist at all.”
Brown resigned from the FA Council earlier this month.
In a European Championship qualifier in Sofia at the start of September, Manchester United’s Ashley Young and Arsenal’s Theo Walcott endured racist abuse.
Several Bulgarian fans also made Nazi salutes during the game, which England won 3-0.