The dismissed Southampton chief Martin Hunter was investigated for claims about racism

The dismissed Southampton chief Martin Hunter was investigated for claims about racism

  • Martin Hunter has been investigated for allegations that he has racially abused a youth coach in Southampton
  • The FA refused on Friday night to comment on whether it also investigated the claims against Hunter, made by trainer Paul Williams of ex-18s.
  • Club investigated, rejected the complaint and informed the FA about their findings
  • Southampton said that the reason for Hunter's dismissal was purely based on performance

Ian Herbert

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Southampton's technical director was fired this week because the team's bad results were investigated for accusations of racially abusing a youth coach at the club, Sportsmail can reveal.

The football association declined Friday night to comment on whether it also investigated the claims against Martin Hunter, made by the former coach of Under 18s Paul Williams.

It is clear that a year ago Southampton started an investigation into Williams' accusations that Hunter had subjected him to verbal abuse but found no evidence to support them.

Martin Hunter has been investigated for allegations that he racistly abused a youth coach at Saints

Martin Hunter has been investigated for allegations that he racistly abused a youth coach at Saints

Williams, 47, a loyal player with Derby County and Coventry City, was fired by Southampton four years ago with coach Jason Dodd in unusual circumstances.

Sportsmail revealed at the time the couple were told that they did not spend enough time on the Under 16 team and that their relationship with Hunter – then a coach at the club – & # 39; not healthy & # 39; used to be.

Many young players were surprised by the departure of Williams. He was given the honor to play a role in bringing Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers and James Ward-Prowse through the highly regarded academy of the club to the first team.

The football association refused to comment on Friday night on whether he also investigated claims against Hunter, made by the former coach of Under 18s Paul Williams (photo)

The football association refused to comment on Friday night on whether he also investigated claims against Hunter, made by the former coach of Under 18s Paul Williams (photo)

The football association refused to comment on Friday night on whether he also investigated claims against Hunter, made by the former coach of Under 18s Paul Williams (photo)

Shaw, still at the club at the time, tweette: & # 39; Get rid of doddsy and Willo, has helped me a lot with my development over the years, wish them all the best in their caretakers [sic]. "

It is thought that Williams, now a scout in West Bromwich Albion, was initially afraid to come forward with his complaint about racial discrimination. Last year his family convinced him that he should do that.

He filed the complaint with Reed, who, in consideration, passed it on to the Southampton legal team. The club investigated, rejected the complaint and informed the FA about their findings. The claim dates around the time of his resignation.

Williams was fired four years ago and Shaw, still with club on time, posted on social media

Williams was fired four years ago and Shaw, still with club on time, posted on social media

Williams was fired four years ago and Shaw, still with club on time, posted on social media

Southampton said that the reason for the dismissal of Hunter and Reed was purely based on performance and was not related to the research. They indicated Friday night that Williams's resignation had been part of a stir of coaching throughout the Saints' youth system.

A FA spokesman said: We can not respond. & # 39;

Hunter was not available on Friday night. Reed and Williams have not responded Sportsmail & # 39; s requests for comment.

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