By Amitai Winehouse For Mailonline and Matt Hughes For Mailonline and Adrian Kajumba For Mailonline
Published: 11:24 GMT, 20 November 2019 | Updated: 11:49 GMT, 20 November 2019
Stevenage caretaker manager Mark Sampson has been charged with an aggravated breach of FA rules over an alleged racially discriminatory comment.
Sportsmail revealed in September that the FA had opened an investigation after receiving a complaint over a comment made during a conversation about possible transfer targets.
It has been claimed that the name of a centre-half was mentioned as a possible signing, with Sampson allegedly responding that the club should not recruit him because he was Nigerian.
Stevenage caretaker Mark Sampson has been charged with an aggravated breach of FA rules
An FA statement read: 'It is alleged that a comment made by the Stevenage FC caretaker manager breached FA Rule E3(1) as it was improper and/or abusive and/or insulting.
'It is further alleged that the comment also constitutes an ‘aggravated breach’, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it referenced ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race and/or nationality.
'He has until 6 December 2019 to provide a response to the charge.'
Sampson vehemently denied the allegations in September: 'The allegation is untrue and there are four independent witnesses who can confirm that's the case.'
Hertfordshire Police also opened up an investigation into alleged abusive WhatsApp messages he had received.
Stevenage told Sportsmail at the time that they had already completed an initial investigation in September and concluded the complaint had no substance.