Ex-Chelsea defender Elliott quits UEFA, FA roles


LONDON (AP) -- Former Chelsea defender Paul Elliott has resigned from his roles with UEFA and the English Football Association after being accused of making offensive comments against another former player.

The FA says Elliott, a high-profile anti-racism campaigner, made "discriminatory abusive comments" to former Charlton defender Richard Rufus.

FA chairman David Bernstein says the language was "unacceptable regardless of its context and in effect has made Paul's position untenable," adding it has "accepted the resignation of Paul Elliott."

Elliot is leaving his roles as a member of UEFA's football committee, the FA's judicial panel and English football's anti-racism body, Kick It Out.

Earlier this month, Elliott became the first black football to receive the Commander of the Order of the British Empire award at Buckingham Palace for services to equality and diversity in football.