Aluko feels ‘vindicated’ by FA apology - FCNaija

International Edition By: Ambrose Udeme | 18/10/2017

Eniola Aluko believes she has been “vindicated” after an investigation concluded former England women's manager Mark Sampson made remarks which were "discriminatory on grounds of race" towards her and team-mate Drew Spence.

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.

FA apologise over remarks to Eniola Aluko - FCNaija

Aluko also said attempts by the FA to have her excuse the governing body of institutional racism were “bordering on blackmail. Independent barrister Katharine Newton concluded in her final report that Sampson - previously cleared twice over the allegations - was not racist, but that he had made "ill-judged attempts at humour" towards the players.

Aluko, giving evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, said: "I feel vindicated and relieved. Although I'm grateful to be here today, does it have to come to this?

"There's been an agenda to protect Mark Sampson and an agenda to protect the FA's reputation." said Aluko according to The Independent

In a damning submission, Aluko also alleged that England goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall spoke to her in a fake Caribbean accent.

She claimed the FA was "dismissive" when she first made her allegation that Sampson had 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 - Spence - if she had been arrested before, and then jokingly suggested she had been arrested four times.