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  • 23 February 2013, 20:29

FA's Anti-Racism Star Quits After 'Abuse' Row

Football's anti-racism campaigner Paul Elliott has resigned from his position at the Football Association after making "discriminatory abusive comments".

The former Chelsea and Celtic defender, allegedly aimed a racial insult via text at ex-Charlton player Richard Rufus in an argument over a failed business venture. Both men are black.

The FA's chairman David Bernstein said in a statement that Elliott's position was "untenable" after the matter was reported earlier this week.

Elliott served on the FA's judicial panel and as a nominated member of UEFA committees.

He was also a trustee of the Kick It Out campaign, a position from which he has also stepped down.

The 48-year-old received a CBE for services to equality and diversity in football earlier this month.

A statement from the FA read: "The FA has today accepted the resignation of Paul Elliott from all roles representing the organisation.

"This follows a conversation in which discriminatory abusive comments were made to Richard Rufus."

Mr Bernstein said: "I am saddened by this turn of events and it is with regret that we accept Paul's resignation.

"However, the use of discriminatory language is unacceptable regardless of its context and in effect has made Paul's position untenable."

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