FA apologises over remarks to Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence

Carla Harmon
October 19, 2017

The London rapper's tweets come after independent barrister Katherine Newton ruled Sampson made unacceptable "ill-judged attempts at humour" on two occasions, to Aluko and Spence.

The Football Association made a public apology to England women's soccer internationals Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence on Wednesday for comments that were "discriminatory on grounds of race" made to them by former manager Mark Sampson.

"I believed that bordered on blackmail".

"Based on new evidence submitted to independent barrister Katharine Newton, she has now found that they were both subject to discriminatory remarks made by an FA employee".

The Conservative MP also described the FA's first investigation into Aluko's complaint, which was conducted by Ashworth and Brace in 2016, as "woefully inadequate" and said Clarke's quickly withdrawn comment that claims of institutional racism at Wembley were "fluff" was "extraordinary".

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport chair Damian Collins has said the four FA bosses who faced the committee should consider resigning over the Mark Sampson affair.

Akulo, an experienced global player, claimed that Sampson told her to be careful that her Nigerian relatives didn't bring the Ebola virus with them when they came to watch a match at Wembley. The 30-year-old Aluko, who was capped 102 times for England but has not played since making her claims last year, told the hearing: "I feel vindicated and relieved. There's been an agenda to protect Mark Sampson, and an agenda to protect the FA's reputation".

"I didn't want it to be as adversarial as it became - the FA versus Aluko if you like", she said.

Aluko issued several allegations but the two central claims were that he made discriminatory remarks to her ahead of an England-Germany game in 2014 and her Chelsea team-mate Drew Spence at a players' meeting in 2015.

"They were very keen to say there was no wrongdoing without looking at the video evidence", Aluko said.

"Although I'm grateful to be here today, does it have to come to this?"

He accused them of "walking away" from alcoholics, addicted gamblers and abuse victims, whole paying "millions of pounds on salaries" in a clear dig at PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor.

"Martin Glenn said if I wrote a statement he would release the second tranche of the money". I categorically refused to write it.

"I haven't spoken to many individuals that I used to speak to at the FA".

The panel, headed by Collins, questioned the FA bosses on why the FA are withholding half of an £80,000 settlement from Eni Aluko and delved into the allegations that led to Sampson's dismissal last month. I can not say I have been completely isolated.

Other reports by iNewsToday