Eniola Aluko new discrimination claims strongly denied by FA and Mark Sampson

Elias Hubbard
August 22, 2017

She said: 'It wasn't a bitter, impassioned revenge at the England manager.

Chelsea star Aluko has not played for Sampson since she submitted an email complaint, in May a year ago, in which she claimed there was a culture of bullying and harassment within the FA, that included an incident of racism involving Sampson.

Former FA director of corporate affairs Simon Johnson, now chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, also backed another inquiry after Chelsea striker Aluko branded two probes into the matter a "farce".

Prior to her revelations, the FA held a three-month independent investigation which did not uphold any of her complaints and cleared Sampson and the FA of any wrongdoing.

Aluko told the coach that her family were travelling over from Nigeria to watch the game, to which the 34-year-old allegedly said that he hoped that her relatives would not "bring Ebola" with them.

Aluko also said the Football Association has known about the comment since November 2016 but chose to ignore it despite a previous allegation that Sampson had asked a mixed-raced player in another England get-together how many times she had been arrested.

"In the end there was a financial settlement that was acceptable to her, she thanked us very much for our guidance and assistance and unwavering support but I would be fully prepared to support an independent review". 'I said, "I've got family coming in from Nigeria". "I don't know anybody else in the team who has been asked to make sure their family do not come over with Ebola".

'I found myself next to Mark Sampson and he asked me which family members were coming, ' she told the BBC. I believe it was an unfavourable comment made to me that made me feel completely shocked and intimidated, that was said to me because I'm of African descent.

Sportsmail understands Mark Sampson is aware of Aluko's interview but has declined to comment at this stage. I went back to my room and I was really upset.

"The FA must ensure a situation like this will never happen again in order to build trust, confidence and credibility". I'm used to industrial language, used to sometimes a bit of banter, a bit of a joke - but that was about my family coming to a game, and at the time, Ebola was a sensitive thing.

The Chelsea forward, who has 102 England caps, has not been picked by Sampson since making allegations against him as part of an FA cultural review into England management. The FA has accepted receiving that letter but says it was not a formal allegation, hence the lack of investigation.

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