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Eniola Aluko accepts Nikita Parris’ apology for 2017 goal celebration

Aluko was appointed sporting director of Aston Villa Women in January

Eniola Aluko says she “acknowledges and accepts” former England team-mate Nikita Parris’ apology for a controversial goal celebration in 2017.

Parris described celebrating with then-England coach Mark Sampson, who was accused of using discriminatory language to Aluko, as “thoughtless”.

“Although I’m yet to speak with Nikita, I acknowledge and accept this apology. Thanks,” wrote Aluko on social media.