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By Chineze Ogugua

English Football Association Chief Executive, Gordon Taylor has confirmed the payment of £40,000 to Eni Aluko which they withheld after a dispute over a tweet she sent in August about ex-England women’s team manager Mark Sampson in which she ‘defamed’ the FA.

Eni Aluko

The funds were reimbursed to Aluko immediately after her appearance before a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee hearing on the FA’s handling of her 2016 complaint against Sampson.

In an interview with Sky Sports, Taylor said: “She’s gone through a lot. I’m pleased to say a couple of days after evidence in Parliament, they paid the second and final instalment.

“But there’s a lot of areas in this issue that weren’t satisfactory and we need to get these right.”

The FA decided she would receive the money in two instalments: the first to be paid before this summer’s European Championships, which saw Aluko work as a pundit for Channel 4, and the second after the tournament.

Mark Sampson has since been sacked while Chief Executive Martin Glenn and Chairman Greg Clarke have apologized to the Chelsea star.

Eni Aluko is the sister to Fulham striker Sone Aluko.

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