The English FA has sincerely apologised to Eniola Aluko after new evidence found she was subjected to discriminatory remarks from former England’s women coach Mark Sampson.
Independent barrister Katharine Newton concluded in her final report that Sampson “made ill-judged attempts at humour” on two separate occasions, that were – by matter of law – found to be discriminatory on grounds of race within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010.
Meanwhile, Aluko says the FA was “bordering on blackmail” after claiming she refused to write a statement clearing the governing body of “institutional racism”.
Speaking to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Wednesday, Aluko claimed she has not received the second part of an agreed settlement from the FA.
She said the fee was due to be paid in two tranches, the second on August 31, “because they assumed I wouldn’t keep my mouth shut at the Euros”.
Aluko said she refused an offer to receive the rest of the sum when the FA chief executive, Martin Glenn, asked her to release a more favourable statement following comments she made on Twitter and in a Daily Mail article.
Aluko said: “For Martin Glenn to effectively suggest that I should say the FA was not institutionally racist [when I had a legal agreement], I think it is a suggestion that the case has been handled appallingly. “I don’t know what the legal definition of blackmail is but I think I was being asked to do something I wouldn’t ordinarily have done to receive the rest of my payment.”
Aluko insisted the settlement figure was based on a loss of future earnings and not ‘hush money’.