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UK Parliament to grill FA officials over Eni Aluko bullying claims

Football Association officials will be forced to publicly answer questions about the botched investigations into Eni Aluko’s complaint against England women’s manager Mark Sampson after being hauled in front of a parliamentary inquiry.

An internal investigation and independent inquiry, led by barrister Katharine Newton, found no wrong-doing on Sampson’s part following Chelsea star Aluko’s emailed complaint of bullying and harassment, which included an allegation of racism.

Despite this, Sportsmail revealed in August that the FA paid Aluko £80,000 hush money to keep quiet about her case.

Since then, fresh allegations have been made, by Aluko and several other players, about their treatment by the England manager and the culture at football’s governing body. In interviews with two media outlets hand-picked by the FA, Sampson denied the allegations.

The FA have refused calls for a new investigation by the Professional Footballers’ Association, Kick It Out and other players who have raised issues, but they will now have to face questions from a culture, media and sport select committee.

Aluko claims that Sampson asked her mixed Chelsea team-mate Drew Spence how many times she had been arrested during a midfielders meeting at the 2015 China Cup, despite the player having never been arrested.

‘There would have been a lot more serious investigation into the allegations that have been made.

‘We want to know why that’s been the case and we want to hear from the players themselves about the way in which the FA has dealt with them.

‘There is a concern now that other players [potentially making similar allegations] would be less likely to come forward now because of the way that Eni has been treated.’

Source: Daily Mail 

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