British Government Wants Investigation Amid Telegraph Football Corruption Claims

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Published: September 28, 2016

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Tracey Crouch, the minister of sport, has responded to the Telegraph's investigation into corruption in football, demanding a full inquiry and offering the assistance of the British government. 

Ben Rumsby of the Daily Telegraph shared the response to the newspaper's investigation:



The League Managers Association also reacted to the news, per BBC Sport's Matthew Henry and Michael Emons: "We take the allegations very seriously, as they are obviously damaging to the game. We are in regular communication with the FA to establish the facts relating to those allegations."

As the Telegraph reported, undercover reporters posed as a Far East investment firm and approached several agents, who openly boasted of paying several managers "bungs."

Sam Allardyce has already left his position as manager of the English national team by mutual consent following the first wave of revelations, per the report, and a total of eight managers have been investigated, with more information promised.

Per the report, the Football Association is already investigating the matter, and Rumsby wonders whether it has the means to push the investigation all the way:



Allardyce was filmed advising reporters on how to circumvent FA regulations on transfers and negotiating a deal worth £400,000 with a firm that didn't exist. Although he insisted he would have to clear any deal with the FA throughout the video, his time with the national team still came to an end, per the Telegraph.

Wednesday's revelations focused on agents, headlined by Italy's Pino Pagliara, who does not have a license and has already suffered a five-year ban from football over match-fixing allegations.

Sport Witness provided details on the agent:



Since the scandal broke, Pagliara has retracted his statements, saying he fabricated everything in order to impress ...
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