|England manager Sam Allardyce was filmed giving advice to undercover reporters posing as representatives of a Far East firm|
Sam Allardyce used his position as England manager to negotiate a £400,000 deal, and offered advice on how to 'get around' FA rules regarding player transfers, it was sensationally claimed. Before his first training session in charge of the national team, Allardyce, 61, was filmed giving advice to men who claimed to be representatives of a Far East firm, but who were in fact undercover reporters for The Daily Telegraph newspaper.
Allardyce, who was appointed England boss in July, had agreed to travel to Singapore and Hong Kong as an ambassador and spoke to the reporters about how they could get around Football Association rules which prevent third parties from 'owning' football players.
|Allardyce (pictured today leaving his home in Bolton) allegedly offered advice on how to 'get around' FA rules regarding player transfers|
In two meetings lasting four hours – the first in August and the second last week – the 61-year-old told the 'businessmen' that there was no problem bypassing the rules which were introduced in 2008. New FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn were in talks last night to discuss the allegations as Allardyce's future was put under scrutiny.
Allardyce is yet to comment and was seen leaving his home in Bolton, Greater Manchester, shortly before 7am today [Sept 27]. Wearing a suit and an unbuttoned shirt, he came out of the side of his detached home and swiftly got into his black Mercedes car which was parked on his front drive without making comment.
In the video – part of a ten-month investigation into alleged bribery and corruption in English football – Allardyce claimed that he knew of individuals who had been 'doing it all the time' when it came to third-party ownership, adding that 'you can still get around it – I mean, obviously the big money's here'.
|The 61-year-old (pictured) is yet to comment and was seen leaving his home in Bolton, Greater Manchester, shortly before 7am today|
He went on to say that it's 'not a problem' before alleging that Enner Valencia had been under a third-party ownership agreement when he signed for West Ham in 2014 - when Allardyce was at the helm. But he added that the third-party ownership ended on transfer and that the Ecuador player was transferred 'whole'.
He was filmed saying: 'He was third party owned when we bought him from Mexico.' Allardyce attended the meeting in London along with his agent, Mark Curtis, and his financial adviser, Shane Moloney. Third-party ownership in football has been referred to as 'slavery', with companies effectively owning a stake in a player. The FA banned the practice in 2008 and was followed later by Fifa, football's world governing body, in 2015.
|Allardyce (pictured during England's World Cup qualifying win in Slovakia) was filmed giving advice to men who claimed to be representatives of a Far East firm|
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