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Will The FA score with its adoption of the Rooney Rule?

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 By Nick Tsatsas


The Football Association (The FA) had something of an annus horribilis in 2017, attracting widespread criticism for the way in which it handled England Women’s Eniola Aluko’s complaints of racism1, its sacking of former England Women’s head coach Mark Sampson2, and the lamentable appearance of its senior executives before Parliament’s Digital Culture Media Sport Select Committee in October of last year3.

Each of these scandals exposed The FA’s governance, grievance and investigatory processes as inadequate, so it comes as no surprise that The FA has begun the process of trying to rebuild its damaged reputation by this week announcing a number of initiatives designed to “better demonstrate [its] leadership4 in relation to the inclusion and anti-discrimination “agenda”.


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Nick Tsatsas

Nick Tsatsas

Nick is a consultant solicitor and employment law specialist at Keystone Law. He acts for domestic and international employers, senior executives and high-profile personalities, and has particular expertise advising in relation to employment issues in the sports and media sectors. He has consistently been recognised as a leading lawyer in the employment field by Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession and The Legal 500.

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