Mark Sampson, England women’s coach, was sacked because he had a relationship with a player while at Bristol Academy, reports have said. The coach reportedly had the affair with the player for six months leading to his sack.
The FA safeguarding report that led to the dismissal of Sampson last week also referred to his ‘over-socialising’ with Bristol’s players. This information emerged on the day that the FA board gave their backing to beleaguered chief executive Martin Glenn after a meeting in which the Sampson controversy was top of the agenda.
FA technical director Dan Ashworth, who extended Sampson’s contract in 2016 having known about the investigation, did not feature much in the discussions.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that England player Eni Aluko will give evidence to the Parliamentary select committee on sports governance on October 18. Aluko made racism and bullying accusations against Sampson, although two investigations did not support her complaints.