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FA under fire from MPs after apologies to women players

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 01:16

FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn apologises to Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence after a report concluded the players were subject to discriminatory remarks by their former manager.

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SHOWS: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (OCTOBER 18, 2017) (PARLIAMENT TV - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FA CHIEF EXECUTIVE MARTIN GLENN, SAYING: "We want to offer a full and unreserved apology to Drew (Spence) and Eniola (Aluko). An independent report has found that they were subject to discriminatory remarks which is both against the equality act of 2010 - but to us every bit as important - against the values of the FA (Football Association), and it's not right that an FA employee should have behaved that way." 2. COMMITTEE HEARING IN PROGRESS 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FA CHIEF EXECUTIVE MARTIN GLENN, SAYING: "We believe that we've handled this with decency and openness. We've taken the concerns raised by Eniola seriously, we've done one internal review with the head of HR and the head of technical. When that didn't seem to be of satisfaction, we went to an independent barrister, opened the doors and asked her to conclude what she thought and then asked her again when there was clearly some pieces of evidence that hadn't been uncovered to go and thoroughly do those. I think that shows that the FA has taken it very seriously, I regret that the two comments, the inappropriate banter, have been made, because that's not right for an FA employee, but I do think the spirit with which we've approached the whole concerns had been good." STORY: The Football Association made a public apology to England women's soccer internationals Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence on Wednesday (October 18) for comments that were "discriminatory on grounds of race" made to them by former manager Mark Sampson. Senior FA officials later admitted to failings as they came under fire from MPs at a four-hour parliamentary inquiry where they were also accused by experienced international Aluko of having had an "agenda" to protect Sampson and their reputation. An investigation by an independent barrister, which prompted the FA apology, also concluded that the 35-year-old Sampson, who was sacked by the FA last month for "inappropriate and unacceptable" behaviour in a previous job, was not racist. Aluko told the hearing she felt "vindicated and relieved" that an investigation had concluded that Sampson, who has denied the allegations and been cleared of discrimination by two inquiries, had been judged to have made the remarks. Aluko had claimed that Sampson had told her to be careful that her Nigerian relatives did not bring the Ebola virus with them when they came to watch a game at Wembley. Spence, a mixed-race player, alleged that after being called up to the England team in 2015 she was asked by Sampson how many times she had been arrested. At the parliamentary hearing, Glenn, one of four senior FA officials giving evidence, defended the way the FA had gone about resolving the Sampson matter but admitted: "There have clearly been failings."

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FA under fire from MPs after apologies to women players

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 01:16