The Football Association is to investigate England women’s goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall over alleged unacceptable behaviour towards striker Eniola Aluko, the governing body said on Thursday.
The FA apologised to Nigerian-born Aluko on Wednesday for racially discriminatory remarks by former England manager Mark Sampson.
The FA can confirm we are investigating England Women goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall following new evidence that came to light on Wednesday alleging unacceptable behaviour towards Eniola Aluko during an England camp, the ruling body said in a statement.
Aluko said the 36-year-old Kendall, who took the job in 2014, had spoken to her in a fake Caribbean accent.
I don’t think he meant it maliciously, Aluko said in evidence given to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee on Wednesday. He may not have been aware of how annoying it got.
I’m not Caribbean, I’m of African descent. I thought it was another example of an ignorant mindset and behaviour towards me.
FA officials later admitted to failings as they came under fire from MPs at the four-hour parliamentary inquiry in which they were also accused by experienced international Aluko of having had an agenda to protect Sampson and their reputation.
Sampson was sacked by the FA last month for inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour in a previous job.
Kendall was appointed England women’s goalkeeping coach in January 2014, shortly after fellow Welshman Mark Sampson was appointed as manager.
A former Wales U21 international, Kendall was a youth goalkeeper at Crystal Palace but spent his professional career in the Welsh Premier League before retiring in 2012.
He then moved into coaching, working at Sheffield United, Cardiff City and Bristol City, before joining Sampson’s new Lionesses regime.
Kendall took England goalkeeper training in Valenciennes on Thursday prior to the FA’s announcement that he was under investigation for the remarks he allegedly made to Aluko.