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Chairman issued Jersey curt reply to PFA’s Aluko document in Mark Sampson case
Greg Clarke’s position as chairman of the Football Association is likely to come under severe scrutiny after new revelations about his handling of the alleged‑racism scandal and cover-up that has led to his organisation being summoned Womens Alan Page Jersey to a parliamentary inquiry to explain the Mark Sampson affair.

Two weeks after Clarke publicly praised Eni Aluko for reporting alleged racism within the England Women’s football set-up, the Guardian can reveal his 14-word reply after initially being told of claims that the FA had put together an internal inquiry that was “not a genuine search for the truth” and “designed to close down the complaint and absolve Mark Sampson”.
Clarke was one of four senior executives to receive a six-page document from the Professional Footballers’ Association that accused the governing body of deliberately sabotaging Aluko’s 11-year international career to protect Sampson, the now-sacked England Women’s manager, and set out a series of grievances detailing “the incontrovertible evidence that makes it clear the purported investigation was a sham”.
The letter was sent in November 2016 and was also the first time the FA had been informed of a previously unreported allegation that Sampson – already accused of offending Drew Spence, a mixed-raced player, with an allegedly racist joke asking how many times she had been arrested – had made a comment about Aluko’s family and Ebola. That was later revealed to be a reference to Sampson having allegedly told Aluko to make sure her Nigerian relatives did not bring the virus to Wembley.
Sampson strenuously denies making any racial remarks about Aluko or any other player.
Yet Clarke’s response came in the form of a curt email that threatens to be hugely embarrassing for his organisation and leaves questions about his Womens Alan Page Jersey ability to run a body that purports to be leaders in the fight against racism.
Clarke is now under intense pressure to Womens Alan Page Jersey explain why he responded within 30 minutes, sending the PFA an email stating: “I’ve no idea why you are sending me this. Perhaps you could enlighten me?”
The one-line response has shocked a number of people who are working on the case and opened him to allegations that he completely misunderstood the seriousness of the matter at a time when the FA’s technical director, Dan Ashworth, and human resources director, Rachel Brace, had been accused by the PFA of conducting “a sham [inquiry] which was not designed to establish the truth but intended to protect Mark Sampson”.
The PFA, which was representing Aluko, was so taken aback by Clarke’s tone and apparent lack of interest it did not reply, taking the view that the man at the top of the FA should not need an explanation of why such serious allegations had been directed his way.
The latest revelations will raise further questions about whether the FA has treated the affair with the same seriousness as it would have done had it involved the men’s national team.
Clarke’s handling of the crisis has already come under scrutiny because of the circumstances surrounding Sampson’s sacking and the latest revelations will further weaken Clarke’s position before his appearance alongside Ashworth, Brace and the FA’s chief executive, Martin Glenn, in front of the digital, culture, media and sport select committee on Wednesday. The relevant MPs have been made aware of Clarke’s email and he can expect some tough questions.
The four executives are likely to be asked to explain the safeguarding investigation that was cited as the reason for Sampson’s dismissal and how the people Glenn has described as “the grown-ups within the organisation” originally missed the report from March 2015 that stated its employee had inappropriate relationships with players at Bristol Academy, where he had previously coached.

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