FA chairman Greg Clarke is aware of the fact that the Football Association and the governing body have lost the trust of the public following the recent events. And he knows that there is a long way to fix it but he is determined to get back on the right track.
Clarke, along with FA chief executive Martin Glenn, technical director Dan Ashworth and HR boss Rachel Brace, appeared in front of the DCMS to explain how they handled discrimination claims made by Aluko against former England women’s manager Mark Sampson. And it wasn’t the first problem of the FA, according to Sky Sports.
The chairman had something to say about this situation and he seemed to be very concerned about it: “Since last Wednesday, a storm has blown through us and we have struggled to cope. The committee hearing has stripped us of our veneer and exposed some deeper fundamental truths. We have lost the trust of the public. We do need that trust – it is the bedrock of everything we should be about.”
He is willing to do further steps to improve the reputation of the FA as he claimed: “As I reflected on the meeting, and on the lessons of the Aluko case, it was clear to me that our good intentions alone are no longer enough. We had a number of black players within our senior England women’s team who did not trust us enough to share their experiences of discriminatory behaviour. All they could see was a white hierarchy who had no experience of what it feels like to be a black person on the receiving end of inappropriate comments.”
Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of Kick it Out, was pleased with these comments: “Across the rest of the game, it is clear that black and minority ethnic people are not trusted to be in the boardroom, senior management, leadership, coaching, technical and administrative positions – and this is not a new realisation. It will not be easy to rebuild trust and confidence after last week’s shenanigans. It is inconceivable that the people who botched the first investigation are still in their posts.”