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FA apologises over remarks to Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence

PICTURED: Eniola Aluko

THE FA has apologised to two players after new evidence showed former England's women's boss Mark Sampson made remarks which were "discriminatory on the grounds of race".

According to BBC Sport, an independent barrister, Katharine Newton, ruled Sampson made unacceptable "ill-judged attempts at humour" on two occasions, to Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence.

She said despite this, she did not believe he is racist, and believes Aluko was not subjected to "a course of bullying".

Newton's initial report, completed in March, had cleared Sampson, but new evidence led to the investigation being resumed.

A report of the reopened investigation, which says Sampson had difficulty judging boundaries around banter, was released as FA bosses and Aluko faced a parliamentary inquiry on Wednesday (Oct 18).

In a statement, FA chief executive Glenn said: "On behalf of The Football Association, I would like to sincerely apologise to Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence.

Drew Spence

"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. This is not acceptable."

He said the organisation's ambition had "always been to find the truth and take swift and appropriate action if needed."

Glenn added: "It was our decision to have the original, second, and final investigation to ensure that due diligence was taken.

"It is regrettable that Eniola did not participate in the first external investigation as this would have enabled Katharine Newton to conduct and complete her investigation sooner."

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