FA to take no action against under-fire Scudamore

Tue May 20, 2014 12:27pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - The Football Association will take no action against Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore over sexist emails leaked by a former personal assistant, the governing body said on Tuesday.

Scudamore, 54, was forced to apologize after the comments, made in a private email, were leaked to a Sunday newspaper by the female employee who had a temporary job at the Premier League.

The Premier League announced yesterday that Scudamore would keep his job after acting on the findings of an inclusion advisory board that said there was no discrimination in its working environment.

Scudamore had faced heavy criticism, including from Sports Minister Helen Grant, who called the comments "completely unacceptable".

In a statement FA chairman Greg Dyke reiterated that as Scudamore was not an employee, the organization could not take a position in terms of employment policy or take disciplinary action.

"We were of the view that was a matter for the Premier League and we asked them to keep us informed of the actions they were taking," he said.

"In terms of wider FA disciplinary action, it was advised that The FA does not as a matter of policy consider private communications sent with a legitimate expectation of privacy to amount to professional misconduct. The FA has applied this policy on an ongoing basis and in relation to numerous other cases."

Peter McCormick, the acting chairman of the Premier League, explained to Dyke how the investigation into Scudamore's comments was carried out.

"He assured me they had followed proper process under their own employment and disciplinary rules and had conducted a thorough investigation.   Continued...

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore arrives for a Premier League panel hearing in central London April 27, 2007. REUTERS/Toby Melville