FORMER Welsh Premier League goalkeeper Lee Kendall is to be investigated by the English Football Association over alleged "unacceptable behaviour towards Eni Aluko".
The announcement came a day after the FA apologised to striker Aluko for racially discriminatory remarks by the former England boss Mark Sampson. Nigeria-born Aluko accused goalkeeping coach Kendall of speaking to her in a fake Caribbean accent in evidence to the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee on Wednesday.
Aluko said: "I don't think he meant it maliciously. He may not have been aware of how annoying it got. I'm not Caribbean. I'm of African descent. I thought it was another example of an ignorant mindset and behaviour towards me."
In a written submission to MPs, Aluko also detailed watching video clips of training, on which she could hear Kendall discussing her with another coach. He called her "lazy" and used "industrial language" about her.
"I was particularly surprised at the strong negative opinion formed by Lee Kendall only a month into the tenure of Mark Sampson," she said. "I believed the inflammatory statements were inappropriate, unprofessional and unwarranted; and I felt as though I had been singled out for such treatment."
The 36-year-old, who was appointed by the FA in 2014, made 274 WPL appearances after signing for Haverfordwest County from Shrewsbury Town in January 2003. A Welsh Under-21 and semi-professional international, he was given the longest contract ever in the Welsh Premier in summer 2005 which was intended to keep him at the New Bridge Meadow until 2010, but was released by mutual consent to join Rhyl in August 2007.
Kendall spent two seasons at Belle Vue before negotiating a mutual release from his contract in August 2009, joining Port Talbot. After a season and a half with the Steelmen, he left to take up a coaching position with Sheffield United, but returned to the domestic league as a Neath player in June 2011. He left The Gnoll in a dispute over unpaid wages in October but, after playing for Bridgend Street in the Welsh League, returned to the Eagles at the beginning of January 2012. After announcing his decision to retire at the end of season 2011/12 he returned to help Prestatyn out of a goalkeeping crisis in December 2012.
During the four-hour hearing, the FA was criticised for not having a satisfactory structure in place to deal with Aluko's concerns.
"The FA can confirm we are investigating England women's goalkeeping coach Lee Kendall following new evidence that came to light on Wednesday alleging unacceptable behaviour towards Eniola Aluko during an England camp," said a statement.
Also a former Crystal Palace and Cardiff City keeper, Kendall began his coaching career in 2010 when he was appointed academy goalkeeper coach at Sheffield United, before moving to similar roles at Cardiff and Bristol City.
Sampson was sacked as England women's manager in September following evidence of "inappropriate and unacceptable" behaviour with female players in a previous role.