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Anti racism body urges FA to act

RACE STORM: Eni Aluko (left) alleges that England boss Mark Sampson acted improperly

IN THE wake of Eni Aluko’s allegations against England Women’s manager Mark Sampson, football’s anti racism body – Kick It Out – have urged the Football Association (FA) to take action. Aluko has spoken publicly for the first time about the “bullying and discrimination” she says she was subjected to by England head coach Mark Sampson.

The Chelsea player, who won 102 England caps during a stellar international career, was dropped by England just days after she had made allegations against Sampson, having been asked by the FA to be part of a review, and suffered “victimisation as a result of reporting discrimination”.

Sampson is alleged to have told Nigerian-born Aluko to make sure her Nigerian relatives did not bring Ebola to a game at Wembley, according to extraordinary new evidence The Guardian presented as part of the Eni Aluko hush-money case.

Aluko was paid £80,000 by the FA to sign a confidentiality agreement, but obtained consent to tell her side of the story, and in an interview with The Guardian, she alleges that Sampson made the comment to her before England played Germany in November 2014.

Following the allegations, Kick It Out has released the following statement:

“Kick It Out notes the new revelations made by Eni Aluko, outside of the confidentiality agreement, which throws new light onto the allegations of alleged racist behaviour by England Women’s manager Mark Sampson and the culture within the coaching set-up. This is contrary to the statement by The FA made last week, in which they made clear her allegations did not have any substance. The situation regarding this is now one of utter confusion.

“Kick It Out urges The FA to undertake a comprehensive and independent review of the processes involved in the original complaint made by Aluko up to the final point of the independent investigation by Katharine Newton QC.

“This is so they can take on board any lessons learned, to remedy any deficiencies identified and to ensure it has an operational culture that treats any individual, whatever their background, equally, fairly and with respect.

“The FA must ensure a situation like this will never happen again in order to build trust, confidence and credibility.”

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