Bradford City Women's chairman has stood down from his role with immediate effect amid controversy over 'Ban the Burka' posts he shared on Facebook.

Mark Hird, who is an ex-serviceman, only took over the post at the end of last month following the departure of long-standing club stalwart Sally Thackray.

He has departed just weeks into his role, after facing questions into his social media activity, with one concerned fan alerting the Telegraph & Argus to posts he has shared over the last few months.


Several make reference to banning the Burka from Britain, while others claim that Muslims should 'adhere to our laws' and leave if they don't like it.

The angry fan blasted: "I’m absolutely disgusted to check out the new Bradford City Women’s chairman's Facebook page.

"How are our Muslim children meant to carry on playing girls football here? He needs sacking. What a disgrace to our ladies football club.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Some of the posts shared by Mark Hird on FacebookSome of the posts shared by Mark Hird on Facebook

"We need a chairman that's going to support all races and religions. The club will go to ruin otherwise, I mean it's 2019.

"They have been holding open days at the club throughout this month for new players and there were open trials for the ladies (of all races and religions) yesterday too."

The fan also claimed that Mr Hird had other posts which had been blocked by Facebook, saying she had no idea of the content in there.

She called the whole situation "scary".

After the T&A brought the concerns to the club's attention, a statement was issued on the situation.

In the statement, Matthew Kermode, Bradford City Women's club secretary, said: "Bradford City WFC have accepted the immediate resignation of chairman Mark Hird following recent allegations made against him.

"We would like to go on record as a club that we have a zero tolerance policy towards any kind of negative discrimination, whether it is racist, homophobic or any other form.

"As a result, I will be stepping up from my role as secretary to interim chairman with immediate effect until a suitable replacement is found.

"I will continue to work with our players, coaches, parents, committee and the local community to progress and develop our club in preparation for an exciting new season."