Monday 24 October 2016

FA under fire over Rabbatts' probe

Published 24/10/2015 | 02:30

Chelsea Team Doctor Eva Carneiro
Chelsea Team Doctor Eva Carneiro

The English Football Association came under fire from equality campaigners last night over its "bizarre" and "astonishing" investigation into Heather Rabbatts's backing of Eva Carneiro.

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Kick It Out and Women In Football both hit out at the governing body for launching a probe into whether Rabbatts breached its code of conduct by publicly criticising its decision to clear Jose Mourinho of verbally abusing Carneiro.

If she is shown to have transgressed, Rabbatts could lose her place on the FA board, although the threat of that appeared increasingly remote yesterday.

The FA stressed it had no option under its statutes but to investigate after two council members, 82-year-old life vice-president Ron Barston and 70-year-old law lecturer Richard Tur, asked it to do so.

Lord Ouseley, the chairman of Kick It Out, said: "To hear that Heather Rabbatts is now being investigated for her support of Eva Carneiro is bizarre, and it shows what an antiquated body the FA council is.

"As the only female independent board member, she is in an exposed position, but she is there to provide a different voice and as a figurehead for people in the game who feel the whole system is against them.

"This is a moment when the chairman of the FA, Greg Dyke, should stand up and show support for Heather Rabbatts."

After attacking the "astonishing" decision to investigate Rabbatts, Women in Football added: "Rather than seeking sanctions against Rabbatts, WiF would like to see the FA council supporting her mission to shore up football's moral compass."

Irish Independent

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