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By Chineze Ogugua

After the reported racist slur on his female players especially Anglo-Nigerian Eni Aluko, Coach Mark Sampson has been sacked as England women’s manager following evidence of “inappropriate and unacceptable” behaviour with female players in a previous role.

Sampson was cleared this year of wrongdoing following discrimination allegations made by England players, including Chelsea and England striker Eniola Aluko.

However, the Football Association received full details of safeguarding allegations made against Sampson in 2014 relating to his time as Bristol Academy manager.

The 34-year-old was appointed England head coach in December 2013 after leaving top-flight side Bristol Academy, now renamed Bristol City Women.

In a statement released by the FA, it read: “The full report of that [2014] investigation was only brought to the attention of the current FA leadership last week.

“It is our judgement that it revealed clear evidence of inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour by a coach. It is on this basis that we have acted quickly to agree a termination of Mark’s contract.”

Sampson has also been removed as patron of the Women In Sport charity following the FA decision.

 

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