“When you said something earlier on, I think I heard you refer to ‘coloured people’ — if that’s the case, would you want to withdraw that language? Because isn’t that exactly the sort of language that means that inclusion is not a reality even though football is very diverse and has many people in it from ethnic minority backgrounds and also people who are gay.”

Clarke responded: “One, if I said it, I deeply apologise for it. Secondly, I am a product of having worked overseas. I worked in the USA for many years where I was required to use the term ‘people of colour’ because that was the product of their diversity legislation and positive discrimination format. Sometimes I trip over my words and I deeply apologise.”

Sources have told ESPN that Clarke is expected to step down from his position as Britain’s vice-president of FIFA.