Former England manager Mark Sampson 'apologises unreservedly' to Eni Aluko and Drew Spence

The FA sacked Sampson in September 2017 as a consequence of 'inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour' in a previous position

Tuesday 22 January 2019 09:14
Mark Sampson sacked as England Women's manager

Former England women's manager Mark Sampson has apologised "unreservedly" to Eniola Aluko and Drew Spence for comments he made during his tenure.

The FA sacked Sampson in September 2017 as a consequence of "inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour" in a previous position. It then reached a settlement with the 36-year-old after he brought a case of unfair dismissal against the governing body.

Before his contract was terminated, Sampson was investigated and subsequently cleared after being accused of discrimination and bullying by Aluko and Drew Spence.

"I believed strongly that the way the team worked, if I had said something that offended anyone, it would have been brought up at the time," he told The Times.

"I was wrong. Ultimately two players were offended by language I used. For that I apologise to Drew and Eni unreservedly.

Sampson left his role in September 2017

He added: "When players made complaints, they needed to be handled with the respect they deserved.

"I don't think it was handled with the humility that it should have been by a lot of people ... I should have played a much more active role to ensure they were handled more respectfully. That's a big regret I will always have."

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