The FA has apologised to Nigerian born England international, Eniola Aluko and her teammate, Drew Spence, for racially discriminatory remarks by sacked England women’s boss, Mark Sampson.
According to a BBC report, an independent barrister ruled Sampson made unacceptable “ill-judged attempts at humour” on two occasions, to Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence.
As the report of Katharine Newton’s reopened investigation was published, FA bosses faced uncomfortable questions over four hours at a parliamentary inquiry, with one MP labelling the organisation “shambolic”.
Aluko could return to the England women’s team after interim head coach Mo Marley said she would “100%” consider picking the striker.
Chelsea striker Aluko, 30, said she felt “vindicated and relieved” by the barrister’s ruling but accused English football’s governing body of behaviour “bordering on blackmail” and an agenda to protect Sampson and its own reputation.
Aluko had said the FA was “dismissive” when she first claimed Sampson told her to make sure her Nigerian relatives did not bring the Ebola virus to the friendly against Germany at Wembley in November 2014.
Sampson denied that claim, along with another allegation that he asked a mixed-race player – Chelsea midfielder Spence – if she had been arrested before, and then jokingly suggested she had been arrested four times.