England striker was due £80,000 in agreement signed earlier this year but payments have been put on hold after Aluko went public to criticise FA handling of affair. Sampson was sacked as Lionesses boos this week over past misconduct.
THE Football Association have put a block on some of the £80,000 hush money they are due to pay Eni Aluko.
A confidentiality agreement was agreed between the FA and Aluko in the wake of her allegations of racism, bullying and harassment against former England women’s boss Mark Sampson.
Sampson was sacked this week over inappropriate relationships he had with players in his previous job before taking up his role with the Lionesses.
But the FA have also stopped payments due to Aluko under the terms of their agreement following her decision to go public on her experiences, according to the Mail.
Two investigations were carried out by Wembley officials into Aluko’s allegations, which both found no wrong-doing on the part of Sampson.
But there have been widespread calls to look again at her complaints after it emerged the original investigations had not been as thorough as expected.
After the initial findings were made, the FA agreed a financial settlement which prevented the 102-cap striker from speaking out, which they claim was to prevent any disruption to the European Championship campaign over the summer.
But since news of the silencing agreement broke, Aluko contacted the FA to ask permission to speak out to give her side of the story.
And it is the series of interviews she gave that have led to payments being blocked and the FA’s lawyers speaking to Aluko’s legal team.
Officials insist the sacking of Sampson had nothing to do with the claims Aluko had made, even though team-mate and witness Drew Spence has now come forward offering to testify.
Spence is due to meet with Katherine Newton, the barrister who investigate the initial allegations, and it is expected she will back up what Aluko was saying.
While the allegations of racism, which Sampson vehemently denies, continue to be looked into there is also scrutiny on the FA for their failure to deal with the past investigation into the manager properly.
Chief executive Martin Glenn is understood to have known about the safeguarding report into Sampson since 2015 but only chose to read up on it last week.
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