Football coach Tommy Wright suspended over transfer bung claims

Barnsley released a statement

Barnsley, Oakwell Stadium

A general view of Oakwell Stadium. Picture by: Anna Gowthorpe / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Barnsley have suspended assistant head coach Tommy Wright following claims he took a £5,000 bung to help place players at his club.

The Daily Telegraph alleged that Wright accepted the money during a series of meetings with reporters posing as Far East businessmen in which he agreed to help sign players part-owned by them.

The Championship club said in a statement: "Barnsley FC is aware of allegations made by the Telegraph against Tommy Wright.

"The club has today suspended Tommy pending an internal investigation into these allegations."

The claims form part of the Telegraph's undercover investigation into corruption in football, which on Tuesday accounted for England manager Sam Allardyce.

The newspaper has also alleged Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino offered its undercover reporters, posing as an investment firm, a way around third party ownership of players.

Cellino suggested the firm could own shares in Leeds, which would entitle them to a portion of players sell on fees.
The paper says in return for 20% of the club, the firm would get 20% of future sell on fees.

FIFA and Football Association rules ban the practice of owning players economic rights.