FA Facing Calls For Transparency After Eni Aluko 'Hush-Money' Case
The FA is "facing calls for greater transparency" over England int'l Eni Aluko's "hush-money" case and is being urged to do more to move away from a culture of "stale, pale, white old men" in keeping with its promises to promote equality, according to Daniel Taylor of the London GUARDIAN. English football's governing body is facing new questions after reports that Aluko was paid £80,000 ($103,070) as part of an agreement "following a bullying complaint" -- not upheld by the FA -- featuring an account of how one of her younger teammates in the England women’s setup was upset by a "highly inappropriate" comment from England Manager Mark Sampson. Aluko, who is also a qualified lawyer and has made herself unavailable for England for as long as Sampson is manager, stated that "she is unable to speak about the matter because of the terms of the agreement." While Kick It Out Chair Herman Ouseley asked the FA if "he can see its full finding," one of the sport's other campaign groups, Show Racism the Red Card, is "hoping the governing body can learn from what has happened." Show Racism the Red Card Founder & CEO Ged Grebby said, "It could certainly be used as an example in training [of equality issues]" (GUARDIAN, 8/17).