The FA have unnecessarily ‘dragged women’s football through the mud’, 50-cap England star Lianne Sanderson tells talkSPORT The FA have unnecessarily ‘dragged women’s football through the mud’, 50-cap England star Lianne Sanderson tells talkSPORT
Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Lianne Sanderson IN FULL above By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT Thursday, October 19, 2017 England women’s midfielder Lianne Sanderson... The FA have unnecessarily ‘dragged women’s football through the mud’, 50-cap England star Lianne Sanderson tells talkSPORT

The FA have unnecessarily ‘dragged women’s football through the mud’, 50-cap England star Lianne Sanderson tells talkSPORT

Listen back to talkSPORT’s interview with Lianne Sanderson IN FULL above

By talkSPORT – @talkSPORT

Thursday, October 19, 2017

England women’s midfielder Lianne Sanderson has told talkSPORT the Football Association unnecessarily ‘dragged women’s football through the mud’ thanks to its handling of the Mark Sampson scandal.

Wednesday saw the conclusion of a three-year-long investigation process over the former Lionesses boss and his treatment of players during his time in charge of the national side.

Sampson was claimed to have made racist comments to Eni Aluko and Drew Spence, and was previously cleared twice over the allegations – first in an internal procedure and then by highly qualified lawyer Katharine Newton.

But, after a more thorough third investigation, Newton concluded the former boss had indeed made remarks which were “discriminatory on grounds of race” towards the England pair.

Speaking at the sport governance inquiry on Wednesday, Aluko – who has not been selected for England since May 2016 – said she felt ‘vindicated and relieved’ by the verdict.

FA chairman Greg Clarke, chief executive Martin Glenn, technical director Dan Ashworth have all come under pressure to resign following the messy saga.

READ MORE: Damian Collins tells talkSPORT FA bosses must acknowledge mistakes over Mark Sampson affair, or quit

Sanderson, team-mate and close friend of Aluko, travelled from the United States to give evidence at the inquiry and she joined talkSPORT on Thursday to share her thoughts on the ‘shambolic’ process.

“The way they [The FA] conducted the investigation early on was a shambles,” said the 50-cap England star.

“They didn’t interview the right people and now they have interviewed the right people and they’ve gone about it the right way, we’ve now found ourselves with the result that was always going to be the case.

“This wouldn’t have happened if they had just done that in the first place – they wouldn’t have had to drag women’s football through the mud.

“But unfortunately this is something that has been dragged on and dragged on and it hasn’t made the FA look good.

“It’s not good for English football. With all the stuff that has happened on the men’s side and the women’s side, it makes our country look like a joke.

“So hopefully we can more on from this. We don’t want this to drag on any longer.

“Yesterday was a monumental day and one the FA can hopefully learn from.

“I don’t think they found out anything they didn’t already know, but hopefully this can now be put to bed and we can all move forward and they can put people in place who can make it better – that’s all we want.”

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