THE FA has been plunged into another “bullying” scandal after allegations against England World Cup penalty guru Dave Reddin.
Reddin, who joined the FA in 2013 after being a key part of England’s rugby World Cup-winning coaching squad under Sir Clive Woodward, has been accused of presiding over “a culture of fear and bullying”.
FA chiefs received a written complaint about Reddin, the organisation’s head of team strategy and performance, who was a key member of Gareth Southgate’s backroom staff in Russia.
The complaint, written anonymously and now leaked to the Daily Telegraph, cited nine of Reddin’s colleagues at St George’s Park who were said to have “expressed concerns” about the official.
In the letter, sent to chief executive Martin Glenn and human resources director Rachel Brace, Reddin was accused of leaving staff “in tears, suffering with stress-related illnesses and being forced to leave the organisation”.
FA bosses were asked to demonstrate a duty of care for employees and to carry out a full investigation.
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Quizzed last night, the FA said: “In October 2017, we received an anonymous letter raising certain concerns in relation to Dave Reddin. The FA took all of the allegations raised very seriously and undertook an investigation.
“We are entirely satisfied that the matters were appropriately investigated and concluded. As this matter relates to the personal data of current employees, we are not in a position to comment further.”
But it has emerged that of the nine individuals named in the initial complaint, five are adamant they were never asked for their views.
It is also alleged that two of those named were laid off by Reddin within weeks of the initial letter being lodged with the FA.
Reddin declined to comment on the claims.
But the controversy comes just under a year since Glenn and the FA were savaged by MPs over the treatment of former England player Eni Aluko when she accused former women’s boss Mark Sampson of racism.