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New corruption allegations


A series of new allegations about corruption in football has emerged following the 'sting' which led to the termination of the contract of England manager Sam Allardyce.   If these allegations are shown to be true, it would suggest that there is a widespread problem of corruption in football.

Barnsley assistant manager Tommy Wrght has been suspended after it was alleged that he was prepared to accept £5,000 to sign players for Barnsley part owned by a fake Far Eastern firm.   Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is alleged to have been prepared to accept £55,000 to place players with QPR, an allegation he categorically denies.    Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino is alleged to have been prepared to sell shares in Leeds United to facilitate a third party ownership deal.

The broader issue is the ability of the Football Association to cope with the regulation of a globalised football business in which large sums of money are available and where many owners come from countries where norms in relation to corrupt conduct are different.