Clarke got his ‘facts wrong’
Fresh doubt was cast on Greg Clarke’s handling of the Mark Sampson scandal and his evidence to parliament yesterday when Tracey Crouch revealed he was factually “wrong” to tell MPS that he had been forbidden from intervening in the case.
Almost a month after the Football Association chairman’s car-crash appearance in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee, sports minister Crouch became the latest to contradict his testimony.
Clarke told the committee on Oct 18 that he had been “forbidden” from interfering in a row between the FA and Professional Footballers’ Association over the FA’S handling of Eni Aluko’s bullying and discrimination complaint against Sampson, the then England Women coach.
Clarke told MPS he had merely been adhering to the Government’s Code for Sports Governance and the limits it placed on the power of non-executive chairmen. But in her own scheduled appearance as part of the same parliamentary inquiry, Crouch revealed that it had already been “made clear” to Clarke that he had been incorrect.
“The code doesn’t prevent him from ensuring that an appropriate process has been followed,” she said. “The board’s role is absolutely to ensure that the management conducts a robust and transparent investigation process.”
Crouch also called for the FA to involve Aluko in the “fundamental” review of the governing body.