English FA 'cultural review' after team racism controversy

Published 8:04 a.m. ET Oct. 26, 2017

LONDON (AP) — The English Football Association says it will conduct a “full cultural review” to improve inclusivity after a racism scandal.

The governing body apologized last week after England women’s team players Eni Aluko and Drew Spence were found to be the target of racially offensive jokes by since-fired coach Mark Sampson.

FA chairman Greg Clarke says “this issue arose because we did not have the right whistleblowing or grievance procedures.”

Addressing an FA Council meeting, Clarke added “that is why we will conduct a full cultural review” at the base for England teams “with a focus on improving its inclusivity and our collective care for players.”

Clarke says “we have lost the trust of the public” and adds there is a need “to win back the trust of our country.”

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