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Eni Aluko 'ashamed' to be part of UK women's game

SPEAKING OUT: Eni Aluko

ENGLAND STRIKER Eni Aluko says she feels "embarrassed and ashamed" to be part of the women's game in this country.

Alike revealed claims of bullying and discrimination against England boss Mark Sampson last week, including a claim of racism which the FA and Sampson strongly deny. She told the BBC that he told her to make sure her family from Nigeria didn't "come over with Ebola" when attending a Wembley match in 2014.

Sampson was cleared by an internal Football Association review and a subsequent independent investigation chaired by Katharine Newton QC.

Chelsea Ladies striker Aluko was paid around £80,000 by the FA earlier this year, but the FA says the payment was made to "avoid disruption" before this summer's European Championship.

However, Aluko believes the process behind the investigation into her complaints was flawed.

Aluko has been publicly supported by England team-mates Lianne Sanderson and Anita Asante in recent weeks but took to social media on Wednesday morning to express her dismay over the situation.

Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out and the PFA have called for an independent review of the events that led to Aluko's complaints, while her club last week commended her for speaking out.

An FA statement read: "The FA can confirm an independent investigation found no wrongdoing in respect of a grievance raised by Eniola Aluko in 2016.

"Following an internal review into allegations raised by Eniola Aluko last year, The FA commissioned an independent investigation conducted by a barrister, Katharine Newton, from Old Square Chambers. Ms Newton is an expert on employment and discrimination law.

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