Eni Aluko says she is "happy but exhausted" after a gruelling day in Westminster in which the FA has apologised to her and Drew Spence for their failings.
The FA executives who attended the hearing have refused to answer questions from the media outside Portcullis House. But Eni Aluko has given an interview to Sky Sports News and other media outlets, which will be posted here shortly.
FA chairman Greg Clarke said he will not resign despite admitting failings in the governing body's systems:
What has emerged from the hearing?
The hearing has finished and the panel, the FA executives, Eni Aluko and Lianne Sanderson are all filing out of Portcullis House. They may give interviews to the media as they leave.
The FA executives are asked about a discrimination case involving Lucy Ward, who the panel says is awaiting damages from Leeds United "and the FA has done nothing". All four admit they had never heard of it. The panel tell them it has been reported in at least two national newspapers.
It emerges that Mark Sampson has been given nine months salary as severance for his dismissal. Martin Glenn confirms they have been informed Sampson may still pursue a wrongful dismissal claim.
Greg Clarke has made more admissions of the FA's failings in a long answer. He's been asked to turn around and apologise to Eni, who is still sitting behind him. He says he'll talk to her personally.
Damien Collins MP asks him again if he'd like to turn around and do it "right now". Members of the hearing say "hear, hear". He declines again and says he'd rather talk to her personally.
Damian Collins MP (committee chair) aghast that Dan Ashworth was able to give his opinion on Mark Sampson to HR during an investigation he was co-leading, saying what a "good guy" he thought Sampson was.
Greg Clarke admits the FA has a defensive mentality but is trying to move out of that way of thinking:
"Are we overly concerned on what people think? There is a propensity for other associations to feel the same. Defensive. But we're moving away from that. One of the reasons I felt I needed to apologise to Eni personally, is I need to lead by example."
Dan Ashworth believes the timing of Eni Aluko's dropping from the England team was coincidental.
Asked if the timing would appear more than coincidental, he said: "Knowing the facts that I do, no. Without knowing them, to the outside world, yes."
Sky Sports News chief news reporter Bryan Swanson is also following the hearing at Portcullis House:
FA chief executive Martin Glenn also admits "there have been failings" in the FA's duty of care:
"Clearly in his situation with Eni Aluko and Drew Spence yes there have been failings. But we have 900 players and staff in our control, and in balance we do a good job. In this instance we've clearly made mistakes."
FA chairman Greg Clarke admits the FA has failed in its duty of care to Eni Aluko:
"It's really important not to jump to conclusions as head of governance. You have to look at the end, what has established. The material issue is, twice an England player with 100 caps was exposed to an instance of racism. That is a fundamental breach of our duty of care to that person. And I feel very bad about that."
FA chairman Greg Clarke insists the FA's due diligence has improved since the hiring of both Mark Sampson and Sam Allardyce:
"It is changed. The senior hires now, we spend a lot of money going through cupboards to see if there are any skeletons in it. If that does not work, then the buck stops here."
Sky Sports News reporter reflects on the days proceedings so far, live from outside Portcullis House in Westminster:
Dan Ashworth admits "if I had my time again, of course I would've asked to see more detail" in the Mark Sampson safeguarding report.
"I took advice from our safeguarding and integrity team and I was not told he would be a risk to his current role. I was told he wouldn't be a risk, provided he went through some mentoring training."
FA chairman Greg Clarke admits there was a lack of background checking done on Mark Sampson when he was hired - a "lack of due diligence" which is not the case now.
"There's no way we can defend the lack of due diligence on that hire (of Mark Sampson). We're not trying to hide that the lack of it did not happen."
Martin Glenn has been discussing the alleged defamatory tweet that Eni Aluko made about the FA's processes, and refuses to say whether they will give her the rest of the agreed cash payment they are currently withholding over it. "We'll reflect on it," he says.
Chair Damian Collins reacts: "I must admit that the interest the FA has taken in that single tweet is in stark contrast to the lack of effective action it's taken with Eni Aluko's complaints."
FA chairman Greg Clarke has hit out at the PFA's governance procedures:
"I have a fundamental problem with the governance of the PFA. They spend millions of pounds a year on their CEO and pension fund, and they are walking away from alcoholics and gamblers. I will never look up to their governance, though I respect their people."
FA chairman Greg Clarke has defended his position and says he is committed to improving the FA's governance:
"If every time something bad happens at the FA, we sack the guy in charge, we'll never have anyone in the job. It's only because I grew up in a little council estate and love football that I am willing to put my reputation on the line to try and improve it. We do need to improve some of our processes."
Martin Glenn explains why Mark Sampson was not initially found to be of concern despite an existing report over his conduct during his time at Bristol Academy.
"It was presented to me as a closed case (when I arrived at the FA). HR did not present my concerns over Mark to me (at the time). We looked at it again when another anonymous external whistle-blower told us to look at it again."
Martin Glenn says he did not directly select barrister
Katharine Newton based on her gender and race, as he has previously been quoted as
saying. The select committee questions him on whether he understands
employment law and whether he knows it would be illegal to select someone based
on gender and race.
FA chairman Greg Clarke says Sport England governance rules meant he was not supposed to get involved with managerial matters at the governing body:
"I worked very hard to get adherence from the FA to the Sport England code of conduct. The responsibility of the chairmans of the board are clearly mandated and directed not be
involved in any managerial processes or decisions. I had a number of conversations with an executive of PFA where he said ‘you
need to get involved in this’. I thought I explained three times tht I had to adhere
to the Sport England code. To be fair to him, it looked like I was spinning him a
lie. When he sent me an email I said to him 'don’t do this, don’t tell me. You're destroying my ability to adhere to the code and do my job."
FA HR director Rachel Brace has commented on the FA's failure to interview players, who were apparently in the room when comments were made to Drew Spence, during their initial investigation:
"You can only put forward people who are willing to co-operate. If all of the evidence had been put forward in the beginning, we may have been able to reach a different outcome. No I don't (accept the initial investigation was wholly inadequate). And neither does the barrister. We did the best we could."
Rachel Brace says Drew Spence did not want to be part of the FA's investigation:
"I went to a meeting at Chelsea with our legal director. Drew attended with her legal rep. She confirmed she did not want to be involved in this investigation. She had only spoken up because she had been identified in the media. She told me that by not contacting her, her wishes had been complied with."
The Telegraph newspaper among a plethora of media and press documenting the hearing:
FA HR director Rachel Brace denies the FA asked Aluko to write down and itemise her grievences, which Aluko says they never responded to:
"When I picked this up there had been a small correspondence between her and Dan Ashworth. On one of these emails, she attached her grievances. We didn't ask her to do this."
FA chief executive Martin Glenn is now speaking to the panel, reiterating the FA's apology.
"I think we have done this with decency. We went to an independent barrister and opened the doors. I think that shows the FA is taking it very seriously. I regret that the comments have been made. But I believe the spirit has been good."
The committee thank Lianne Sanderson for her time as she leaves the table. There will be a short recess before members of the FA give evidence..
Lianne Sanderson says a lot of ex-players feel forgotten about by the FA "but I don't think it is race related".
Lianne Sanderson insists Eni Aluko and herself are motivated by a desire for change within the FA, and the truth:
"We want change. We don't want this to happen to anyone again. We hope the FA will put in place a structure. The sacking of Mark needed to happen but, as we've seen from the evidence, this is a bigger problem. The way its happened, didn't need to happen. We're able to force the hand and make them tell the truth."
Lianne Sanderson says Mark Sampson was the reason she returned to the England fold in 2015:
"The way Mark treated Eni, I felt Hope Powell was treating me like that. I felt I was succeeding under Mark, and I felt he gave me the necessary tools to succeed in that environment. It was Mark who persuaded me to come back to England in 2015. It was such an amazing feeling to play for England again, so for that to be taken away from me again was the worst feeling in the world."
WATCH: Eni Aluko earlier gave evidence to the committee, and said there was "an agenda to protect the FA's reputation".
Lianne Sanderson says "the way they treated Eni in the first instance was different to other players in the team".
Lianne Sanderson is discussing her England career since she feels she was forgotten about on her 50th cap in China:
"After my 50th cap my England career took a weird direction. No other player had been forgotten about on their 50th cap. I waited till after the game, spoke to Mark, and he said 'are you sure?' For him to question it I found quite insulting.I haven't been selected since. Moving on, no one from the FA has been able to look me in the eye. Catherine Stewart (from the FA) eventually texted me an apology."
England player Lianne Sanderson is now sitting in front of the committee to give evidence.
Eni Aluko closes by saying she hopes for change and thanks the PFA for their "incredible" support:
"One of core purposes of me coming was for me to speak to exact some changes around grievance procedures, and more independence in that area. I would hope there are some changes in that area. I would encourage players that, if they do have issues, to speak to the PFA, who have been incredible in their support for me."
Eni Aluko says she has not retired from the England team but said: "To be selected, a lot of conversations would have to happen. I am still a centrally contracted player. Selection has never been my issue. The issue is how I was treated when I was in the team".
Eni Aluko: "There has been an agenda to protect Mark Sampson in the first instance, and an agenda to protect the reputation of the FA."
Eni Aluko says she feels she has been vindicated by the FA's statement and apology, issued this afternoon:
Eni Aluko has accused coach Lee Kendall of talking to her
in a fake Caribbean accent:
She said: "I think it was an attempt to endear
himself to me and I don't think he did it maliciously and I don't think he
realised how annoying it was. I'm not Caribbean. I'm of African descent. It wasn't something I found offensive but I found it
ignorant and I thought it was more of the ignorant behaviour towards me."
Eni Aluko reiterates that she believes her giving evidence in the FA's culture report and subsequent dropping from the England team are linked.
“It’s my suggestion and concern that the two are linked. Dan Ashworth
was aware I had concerns, even before the culture report, and I wanted to meet
in London. That was never forthcoming."
WATCH: Eni Aluko says some of the actions of the FA were "bordering on blackmail".
Eni Aluko believes there was a "preconceived" idea about her when Mark Sampson and his staff came into the job:
"This incident happened one month into Mark Sampson’s tenure. I felt there was a
pre-conceived negative perception of me coming into the job. I felt it was a
strong view to have one month into the job, with a background of me being in
good form at the time. When I asked Mark Sampson and said this is inappropriate,
he seemed to defend him (his staff member). It made me more worried."
Eni Aluko has highlighted the difference between the FA's report on the complaint and that of barrister Katharine Newton's, which was released today:
"The difference is that she spoke to me, she spoke to Drew Spence, and
she spoke to other players. Had that been done six months before, we probably
wouldn’t be sat here. I am pleased with the findings (of Newton's report)."
Eni Aluko says the FA have withheld some of her £80,000
payment after claiming she made defamatory tweet. She was asked to put out statement saying the FA was not
institutionally racist in exchange for the payment, which she says was
"bordering on blackmail".
WATCH: Sky Sports News reporter Rob Dorsett explains the FA's apology, issued in a statement at 2.30pm.
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