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Eriksson 'not quizzed' over Faria
Faria Alam
The FA quizzed Ms Alam repeatedly, the tribunal heard
England manager Sven Goran Eriksson was "never pressed about the truth" over his affair with FA secretary Faria Alam, an employment tribunal has heard.

Ms Alam was repeatedly questioned by the Football Association while "Sven's private life was Sven's business", said her lawyer Simon Cheetham.

Ms Alam resigned after it emerged she had had affairs with both Mr Eriksson and FA chief executive Mark Palios.

She denies quitting to make money from the press and claims unfair dismissal.

Ms Alam, 39, who was the personal assistant to FA executive director David Davies, is also claiming sexual discrimination and breach of contract against the FA.

Secretary 'quizzed'

Mr Cheetham told the central London tribunal that Ms Alam had been quizzed by her employers and told of the importance of telling the truth.

"There is no issue that she lied at that stage, but her employer need not have placed her in that position," he said.

"The FA did not place Mr Eriksson in that position, nor Mr Palios when his relationship was revealed."

Sven Goran Eriksson
Sven Goran-Eriksson was ruled to have no case to answer by the FA

Mr Cheetham said Ms Alam's claim that Eriksson had told her to deny their affair had not been challenged.

"The FA could have called Mr Eriksson to give evidence on this and other issues, but chose not to do so," he said.

Jeffrey Bacon, for the FA, referred to an internal FA inquiry which had cleared the England manager.

"It had never been seen as appropriate or necessary to want to call Mr Eriksson in the past," he said.

He added that Ms Alam had been asked questions by the FA "because she asked for help with media intrusion".

Last month the tribunal heard that Ms Alam had sent e-mails detailing her affairs with Mr Eriksson and Mr Palios.

During her evidence, she also claimed she was sexually harassed by her boss Mr Davies.

Mr Davies denied these claims and the tribunal also heard Ms Alam had said in a newspaper interview the director had never "tried it on".

The tribunal adjourned for the three-strong panel to retire to consider a judgement.


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