– Kick It Out
Kick It Out extends its thanks to Paul for the key role he has played over the past 20 years, through his distinguished unpaid work, loyalty and devotion in helping the campaign in all areas of its work.
His commitment to the aims and objectives of Kick It Out has inspired others everywhere.
Paul Elliott released a statement via Kick It Out explaining his decision.
Earlier this week, a former friend and business colleague made public an SMS text message I sent him, in which I used a term which is widely known as being derogatory to my own community.
I regret using it; it is inappropriate and not part of my everyday vocabulary.
As an advocate of high standards of public behaviour, and integrity in public life, I know the use of this word sends out mixed messages and contradicts my position as a Kick It Out trustee.
I will continue to be active in other projects in what I believe to be a true and just cause.
Real shame about Paul Elliott. He has done much good for the game.
– FA Chairman David Bernstein
I wish to thank Paul for his dedicated and unstinting work, particularly in the area of anti-racism. 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.
The FA has accepted the resignation of Paul Elliott from all roles representing the organisation, it has announced.
It follows a conversation in which discriminatory abusive comments were allegedly made to former Charlton Athletic player Richard Rufus.
Elliott has resigned from his roles with The FA, as a member of the Association's Judicial Panel and as a nominated member of UEFA committees.
He has also left his role at Kick It Out.
The FA has today accepted the resignation of Paul Elliott from all roles representing the organisation: http://t.co/i6jZeUQmSa