England FA apologises to Aluko, Spence

West Midlands FA chief Martin Glenn apologises to Eni Aluko and Drew Spence over discriminatory comments made by former manager Mark Sampson

Mark Sampson made remarks which were 'discriminatory on grounds of race'

And the striker claimed the Football Association had an agenda to protect Sampson and its own reputation during her evidence to a sport governance inquiry.

"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".

Glenn and the FA's technical director Dan Ashworth, who used to be West Brom's technical director, will appear before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee in Westminster this afternoon. Although I'm grateful to be here today, does it have to come to this?

Pleased with the findings of Katharine Newton's 2nd investigation.

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.

Aluko had claimed that Sampson joked that he hoped that her Nigerian relatives would not bring the dreaded disease Ebola to London on a proposed visit.

Sampson denied that claim, along with another allegation that he asked a mixed-race player - Spence - if she had been arrested before, and then jokingly suggested she had been arrested four times.

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Clarke said: "I shouldn't have said fluff".

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. "We didn't speak about specific itemised issues".

"I have concluded that on two separate occasions, MS (Mark Simpson) has made ill-judged attempts at humour, which, as a matter of law, were discriminatory on the grounds of race within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010", Newton wrote in her report. Perhaps you could enlighten me?' "If it's the FA chairman disrespectfully dismissing the complaint, I have nowhere to go" - Aluko was highly critical of Clarke's handling of the situation.

The FA chose to pay Aluko an £80,000 settlement, but she revealed that she refused to put out a statement saying the FA was not "institutionally racist" in order to receive part of the payment.

"I categorically refused to write any statement", she said, also revealing that she had not been paid the second part. "I felt that was bordering on blackmail", she said. It's not for me to come up with that determination.

"I have re-read and re-considered all the written evidence including all the transcripts of interviews and all the underlying documents, and conclude that my original conclusions on the other individual allegations and also the umbrella allegation of a continuing course of discriminatory, bullying and victimisation should remain untouched". As for support from the Professional Footballers Association, I have had unwavering support. I can not say I have been completely isolated.

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