Pre­mier League man­agers ac­cused of tak­ing kick-backs

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

EIGHT cur­rent or for­mer Pre­mier League foot­ball man­agers were yes­ter­day ac­cused of tak­ing kick­backs for player trans­fers, as part of a broader news­pa­per sting which led to Eng­land man­ager Sam Al­lardyce be­ing axed.

Three agents were filmed dis­cussing cor­rup­tion in foot­ball and the use of il­le­gal “bung” pay­ments to sign play­ers, which the

said in­volved eight cur­rent or for­mer Pre­mier League man­agers and two sec­ond-tier Cham­pi­onship bosses.

Ital­ian agent Giuseppe Pagliara said he opened Swiss bank ac­counts for man­agers and worked through in­ter­me­di­aries to cover the il­le­gal pay­ments.

“There’s one thing that I’ve al­ways been able to rely on, and that is the greed of gen­eral man­agers,” he told an un­der­cover re­porter. The jour­nal­ist met Pagliara over lunch at Manch­ester’s San Carlo restau­rant, the news­pa­per said.

The Ital­ian claimed one man­ager who had worked in the Pre­mier League would use a code to ask if he would re­ceive a cash in­jec­tion: “Is there a lit­tle cof­fee for me, Pino?”

Foot­ball agent Dax Price claimed one man­ager would in­crease play­ers’ wages and ar­range for each of them to pay him a £4,000 (RM21,760) monthly cut.

“It’s al­most like cor­rup­tion is just star­ing you in the face,” he was recorded say­ing.

A third agent, for­mer Manch­ester United player Scott McGar­vey, said he gave an as­so­ciate £30,000 (RM163,200) to se­cure a player trans­fer. He ex­plained he would ar­range pay­ments through an ac­count in Monaco.

The did not name the man­agers al­legedly in­volved, while it stated the three agents re­peated many of the same names. The news­pa­per said it has passed tran­scripts of the con­ver­sa­tions to the English Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and the po­lice. – AFP

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