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Investigation: England women's coach racially abused players

LONDON (AP) Former England women's team coach Mark Sampson racially abused two of his players, according to a Football Association investigation.

Sampson was cleared of discrimination by earlier FA investigations but was fired last month because of an unrelated case of inappropriate conduct toward players in a previous job. The new look at Sampson's conduct toward England internationals Eni Aluko and Drew Spence by a barrister was prompted by fresh evidence.

"I have concluded that on two separate occasions, MS (Sampson) has made ill-judged attempts at humor, which, as a matter of law, were discriminatory on grounds of race," barrister Katharine Newton said in a report published by a British parliamentary inquiry on Wednesday ahead of a hearing into the scandal.

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