Ex-Chelsea defender Elliott resigns from FA over racism row

Former Chelsea and Celtic defender Paul Elliott has resigned from the FA after a racism row with former Charlton Athletic defender Richard Rufus.

Elliot has resigned from his roles as a member of the FA's judicial panel and as a nominated member of UEFA committees as well as his role as a Kick It Out trustee.

Following a failed business venture involving the two The Sun reported that Elliott, 48, texted Rufus the words: "Ur (sic) a stupid man n*****", adding: "You dog. Ur history my friend."

Elliott, made a CBE for his services to equality and diversity in football earlier this month, also allegedly texted Rufus: 'This will follow you scumbag.'

A statement released by the FA on Saturday 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."

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