Clarke got his ‘facts wrong’

The Daily Telegraph - Sport - - Football - By Ben Rumsby

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.

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