Paul Elliott resigns from Football Association

Paul Elliot speaks at the Professional Players Federation conference on October 4, 2010
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Paul Elliott resigns from the Football Association with immediate effect following an alleged racism row.

Paul Elliott has resigned from the Football Association with immediate effect following an alleged racism row.

The 48-year-old former Chelsea and Celtic defender was a member of the organisation's judicial panel.

He has also stepped down from his role at anti-racism body Kick It Out, where he has been a trustee since 1996.

The Sun claims that Elliott recently used discriminatory language via a text message to former Charlton Athletic defender Richard Rufus.

"Earlier this week, a former friend and business colleague made public a text message I sent him, in which I used a term which is widely known as being derogatory to my own community," Elliott said in a statement.

"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."

Elliott became the first black footballer to receive a CBE earlier this month for his services to equality and diversity in the sport.

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