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Thursday 24th
posted by Morning Star in Sport

SHADOW sports minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan joined antiracism group Kick It Out and the Professional Footballers’ Association yesterday in calling for a new investigation into Eni Aluko’s complaints about England boss Mark Sampson.

Last week it emerged that Aluko made several allegations of bullying and discrimination against Sampson last year but the 34-year-old Welshman was cleared by two investigations — the first an internal FA review and the second an independent inquiry, commissioned by the FA but led by barrister Katharine Newton.

Speaking publicly about the matter for the first time this week, Aluko made a further allegation against Sampson, claiming he told the Chelsea and England striker to make sure her Nigerian relatives did not bring the Ebola virus to a game at Wembley in 2014.

Responding to this new allegation, and questions Aluko has raised about the two investigations, Dr Allin-Khan said: “The claims made by Eniola Aluko are deeply worrying. This is why I believe a new investigation is necessary.

“At a time when the FA need to be doing all they can to attract young women and people from minority backgrounds into football, they need to be open and transparent.

“Young girls look up to players like Eniola as role models — their aspirations will quickly diminish if they lose trust in the people at the top of the sport.”

The Labour MP concluded her statement by saying the case also reveals the importance of having greater diversity in positions of authority at the FA to “empower a whole new generation to feel like our national game represents them.”