29 Sep Investigations underway into corruption
Barnsley have suspended assistant head coach Tommy Wright following allegations he took a £5,000 ‘bung’ to help place players at his club.
QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Leeds owner Massimo Cellino have also been shown in new video footage from the Daily Telegraph as part of its undercover investigation into corruption in football. Hasselbaink has denied any wrongdoing and Leeds have yet to comment regarding Cellino.
It follows revelations that led to the departure of England boss Sam Allardyce, and a separate report alleging that eight managers with Premier League experience and two from the Championship had taken so-called bungs in transfer deals.
Barnsley announced that Wright had been suspended “pending an internal investigation” after the Telegraph alleged he accepted the money during a series of meetings with a fake Far East firm, in which he agreed to help sign players part-owned by the firm.
QPR said they retained “every confidence” in Hasselbaink after a separate allegation from the newspaper that he requested a fee of £55,000 to work for a fake Far East firm seeking to sell players to the club.
There was no comment on Wednesday night from Leeds over the Telegraph’s video footage, which appears to show Cellino explaining to representatives of a fictitious Far East firm that they can circumvent FA and FIFA rules by becoming club shareholders in order to receive a portion of players’ sell-on fees.
FA and FIFA rules ban third-party ownership of players, and third parties receiving any percentage of a player’s transfer fees.