Peter McCormick steps in as interim chairman of FA

Peter McCormick steps in as interim chairman of FA

Harrogate lawyer Peter McCormick OBE has been unanimously elected to the role of interim chairman of the Football Association (FA), following the resignation of Greg Clarke.

He becomes the first person to have been chairman of both the Premier League and the FA.

McCormick (pictured) was vice chairman of the FA and has been appointed as football faces one of its most difficult challenges in history in dealing with the ramifications of Covid-19 for the sport at all levels.

Clarke resigned as FA chairman following the language he used when talking to MPs about diversity. In a statement, the FA said: “Peter McCormick will step into the role as interim FA chairman with immediate effect and the FA board will begin the process of identifying and appointing a new chair in due course.”

McCormick is senior partner of McCormicks Solicitors of Harrogate and has a long career as a leading sports lawyer. He is also chairman of the Football Board and chairman of the Legal Advisory Group of the Premier League, both executive positions, and a director of the FA, representing the Premier League.

In 2014, he was appointed chairman of the Premier League and served in that role for 15 months, prior to Richard Scudamore’s combined appointment as executive chairman and chief executive officer.

McCormick is an internationally recognised expert in sports and media/entertainment law, and is ranked by the leading guides to the legal profession as one of the top sports lawyers in the UK.

He said: “Despite the unfortunate circumstances which have led to my election, it is a great honour to have been chosen to lead the FA and an even greater privilege to become the first person to chair both the Premier League and the FA.”

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