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SAMPSON SACKED BY FA

Hours af­ter over­see­ing a 6-0 de­feat of Rus­sia to kick-off the 2019 World Cup qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign, Eng­land’s Mark Sampson was fired af­ter the Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion had looked more closely at his­toric al­le­ga­tions of “in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour” in his pre­vi­ous role at WSL club Bris­tol Academy (now Bris­tol City).

Hew was said to have “crossed the bound­aries” in re­la­tion­ships with play­ers and the FA de­ter­mined that, while he had done noth­ing il­le­gal and was free to work in foot­ball, his con­duct un­be­com­ing of an Eng­land man­ager.

Sampson was al­ready em­broiled in al­le­ga­tions of bul­ly­ing and racist be­hav­iour made by 102-capped Eniola Aluko, a furore that rum­bled on de­spite two in­ves­ti­ga­tions clear­ing him.

DIACRE TAKES CHARGE

Olivier Echouafni failed to sur­vive France’s pre­ma­ture Euro 2017 exit and was fired 10 days be­fore com­plet­ing a year as coach. He was re­placed by Corinne Diacre, a for­mer in­ter­na­tional who came to promi­nence when ap­pointed coach of Cler­mont Foot, a men’s Ligue 2 club in 2014, a po­si­tion she held suc­cess­fully un­til join­ing

DIS­PUTES AND RESOLUTIONS

Den­mark can­celled a friendly against Hol­land in what would have been a re­peat of the Euro 2017 Fi­nal af­ter the play­ers re­fused to ap­pear due to a fi­nan­cial dis­pute with their FA. A tem­po­rary deal en­sured they did play a sub­se­quent World Cup qual­i­fier in Hun­gary a few days later, win­ning 6-1.

Aus­tralian play­ers, mean­while, have se­cured a new deal for their do­mes­tic league which fea­tures a sig­nif­i­cant salary in­crease, min­i­mum med­i­cal stan­dards and a ma­ter­nity pol­icy

STEP­PING DOWN

Sev­eral cap cen­tu­ri­ons quit in­ter­na­tional foot­ball af­ter Euro 2017, in­clud­ing Ger­many’s Anja Mit­tag (158 caps), Eng­land’s Alex Scott (140), Elodie Thomis (141) of France, and Scot­land’s Gemma Fay (203), Ifeoma Dieke (122) and Leanne Ross (133).

NEW-LOOK HOLD­ERS BOOK HOME GAME IN PLAY-OFFS

Carolina Courage – de­fend­ing the ti­tle they won last year in the guise of New York West­ern Flash – and Port­land Thorns earned home games in the NWSL play-off semi-fi­nals, with Chicago Red Stars and Or­lando Pride mak­ing up the quar­tet.

Gone...Eng­land’s game against Rus­sia was Mark Sampson’s last as man­ager

Deal...Aus­tralian sides North­ern Tigers (in stripes) and Black­town Spar­tans

Cross...Courage mid­fielder Makenzy Do­niak

Na­tional job... Corinne Diacre

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