16 Oct Stevenage claim racism allegations about Mark Sampson have ‘no foundation’
Stevenage say that racism allegations surrounding their caretaker director Mark Sampson have”no base .”
Sampson was appointed interim supervisor in Broadhall Way on Monday after the dismissal of Dino Maamria.
The Football Association is investigating a complaint which the former Lionesses manager used racially discriminatory language.
A statement read:”Stevenage Football Club can restate that, following an internal investigation, allegations of racially discriminatory terminology brought against Caretaker Manager Mark Sampson reported at the national press yesterday have no base.
“The allegations were called in to the FA by a former trainer the day after he had been informed by Sampson that he required his services at the club.”
Stevenage chairman Phil Wallace stated,”Like every professional team, no matter where the criticism comes out, we follow strict procedures, that were followed to the letter.
“The prosecution had been offered the chance to make an official complaint but declined this opportunity, rather deciding to predict the FA.
“But CEO Alex Tunbridge acted immediately to interview and take statements from 2 individuals the plaintiff explained were witnesses, as well as others that were present in the identical assembly, but not mentioned by the claimant.
“In each case that the witnesses didn’t support the allegations. Given the conditions of the allegation and that outcome, the club reasoned there was no case to answer.
“Perhaps now that the FA have the evidence, they’ll make it clear there’s not any case to answer.
“Guilt by association – especially when the man or woman is well known – is a common weapon to use against folks in the public eye and once we find it does not have any foundation, we must be both clear at making that known.”
Even the 36-year-old was sacked from his role as head coach of the England Women team in 2017, after accusations of discrimination and bullying.
News surfaced he had a relationship with a player during his time as coach at Bristol Academy, which resulted in his dismissal by the FA.
The FA said that the allegations were investigated and Sampson was cleared of any wrongdoing.