Racism: Nikita Parris apologies to former teammate Aluko

England and Lyon Forward Nikita Parris has apologised to former international team-mate Eniola Aluko for her show of support for then-England boss Mark Sampson in 2017.

Parris, 26, ran to celebrate with Sampson, who was accused of racially discriminating against Aluko and Drew Spence, after a goal against Russia.

An inquiry later ruled that Sampson had made unacceptable remarks to Aluko and Spence.

“Eni, I am sorry that my thoughtless actions caused you hurt,” wrote Parris.

“At the time I focused more on what I believed was showing unity when really it did nothing of the sort, it showed a lack of empathy, understanding and ignorance by singling out a voice who needed an ear to listen and a support system to help.

“I am now able to understand how I have been part of the problem which I aim to fight and eradicate.

“I am a proud black woman, I understand I have a social responsibility to help create change through my platform.”

Aluko, 33, retired from football in January, having won 102 England caps, the last coming in 2016.

Canada WNT coach Heiner-Møller to leave at the end of August 2020

Canada Soccer have announced that Women’s National Team head coach Kenneth Heiner-Møller will leave his role after August 2020.

The federation has begun the search for an immediate replacement to lead the Women’s National Team to the Olympic Games in July and August 2021 after it was postponed this year because of the world pandemic.

Heiner-Møller was hired to lead the Canadian WNT and National Excel Program Director in January 2018 after which he posted an international record of 20 wins, 5 draws and 10 losses.

During his tenure as Head Coach, he qualified Canada for both the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games with second-place finishes at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship and 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Championship respectively.

As an assistant coach with the Women’s National Team, he helped Canada win bronze at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Returning to his native country, Heiner-Møller will go back to the Danish Football Association as the head of coach Education.

He had previously served as Denmark’s Women’s National Team Head Coach from 2006 to 2013 leading the team to a bronze medal at the UEFA Women’s EURO 2013.

As part of the transition, Heiner-Møller will continue to manage the program and provide support to the new Head Coach to ensure program continuity.

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