Faria Alam

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Faria Alam
Born (1966-02-13) 13 February 1966 (age 51)
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Residence London
Nationality British
Alma mater Ponteland High School
Known for Former Football Association secretary

Faria Alam (born 13 February 1966) is a former Football Association secretary implicated in a sexual scandal with football officials.


When Alam was 19 years old,[1] her mother took her to Bangladesh and arranged a marriage for her to a Bangladeshi businessman. Alam left her husband and returned to England.[2]

Alam later moved to London, where she was described as spending nights partying with friends.[2][3]


After doing some part-time modelling work, Alam took a job at The Football Association in July 2003 as personal assistant to executive director David Davies, based at the organisation’s headquarters in Soho Square, London.

She soon began an affair with chief executive Mark Palios. At the conclusion of that affair, she then had an affair with then England football team manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. In August 2004, after the revelation of her affairs came to the attention of the public she resigned her post.[4][5]

In October 2004, Alam made claims against the Football Association of sexual harassment, unfair dismissal, and breach of contract. In September 2005, her claims were rejected by an industrial tribunal.[6]

Celebrity Big Brother 2006[edit]

In January 2006, Alam appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK. On 17 January 2006, while up for the public vote, she commented that the British public would "never let a black or Asian win" the show on the basis that the British establishment and/or media would not permit it.[7][8] On 18 January 2006, she became the second housemate to be evicted.[9]

Film work[edit]

In 2006, Alam played a hitwoman in the movie Cash and Curry. In an interview she said of the role: “It was a role that presented itself to me and I took it on as one of life’s experiences”.[10][11]

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Alam left Britain to study for a Master's degree in Canada. She is in a relationship with a Los Angeles-based divorcee who runs a film production company, however as of a 2010 interview claimed she had not been able to escape the 'toxic legacy' of her affair with Eriksson.[12]

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  1. ^ Roy, Amit (9 August 2004). "Faria drags Salman into Sven sleaze fest". Calcutta, India: The Telegraph. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Faria Alam". Biogs. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "PA who wooed FA's most powerful". BBC News. 9 September 2005. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Milmo, Cahal (22 June 2005). "Faria Alam reveals identity of 'third man' who pursued her at Football Association". The Independent. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Alam breaks silence on FA affairs". BBC News. 8 August 2004. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "The affair that rocked the FA". BBC News. 9 September 2005. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Faria gets Big Brother Boot". Daily Mirror. 18 January 2006. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Sven's Faria Alam goes on Big Brother race rant". Brand Republic News. 18 January 2006. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Faria Alam voted off Big Brother". BBC News. 18 January 2006. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Eastern Eye, 17 August 2007
  11. ^ "Faria Alam voted off Big Brother". Manchester Evening News. 17 August 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Living in exile, consumed by bitterness, why Faria Alam can't escape the toxic legacy of her affair with Sven-Goran Eriksson". London: Daily Mail. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2012.