The FA's search for a new chairman to replace Greg Clarke has suffered a setback with the chair of selection panel resigning over the just 10 days after being appointed following another row involving race.

Sportsmail has learned that Stacey Cartwright, the former Harvey Nichols chief executive who has been on the main FA Board for two years, has tendered her resignation in protest at moves to restore so-called 'fellowship rights' to former FA Council member Brian Jones, who was forced to resign from the Council last year after posting an Islamophobic message on social media.

Cartwright's decision to walk away from the six-person selection panel charged with finding a new chairman is a blow to the FA, although they have already begun the process of recruiting a replacement.