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Revealed: the 14-word email that puts FA’s Greg Clarke under fresh scrutiny

• Chairman issued curt reply to PFA’s Aluko document in Mark Sampson case
• ‘I’ve no idea why you are sending me this. Perhaps you could enlighten me?’

Greg Clarke’s position as chairman of the Football Association is likely to come under severe scrutiny after new revelations about his handling of the alleged?racism scandal and cover-up that has led to his organisation being summoned to a parliamentary inquiry to explain the Mark Sampson affair.

Two weeks after Clarke publicly praised Eni Aluko for reporting alleged racism within the England Women’s football set-up, the Guardian can reveal his 14-word reply after initially being told of claims that the FA had put together an internal inquiry that was “not a genuine search for the truth” and “designed to close down the complaint and absolve Mark Sampson”.

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