"I want all the facts" - FA investigating England manager allegations

England football manager Sam Allardyce is facing an FA investigation after he was filmed appearing to tell businessmen how to get around rules on player transfer payments

BY Cian Roche 09:14 Tuesday 27 September 2016, 9:14 27 Sep 2016

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The Football Association (FA) says it is investigating claims England boss Sam Allardyce used his role to secure a six-figure deal and offer advice on how to "get around" rules on player transfers.

As part of an undercover sting operation, Allardyce was caught on film talking to who he believed were businessmen representing a Far East firm and appears to insinuate that third-party ownership rules can be circumvented.

New chairman of the FA Greg Clarke told the Daily Mail: "I want all the facts, to hear everything from everyone and make a judgement about what to do.

"Natural justice requires us to get to the bottom of the issues before we make any decision. It is not appropriate to pre-judge the issue. With things like this you have to take a deep breath."

Third-party ownership of players was banned by the FA in 2008 and occurs when investment companies take a stake in the economic rights of players. World football's governing body Fifa banned the practice in May last year.

Allardyce is also caught on camera discussing his predecessor Roy Hodgson, Gary Neville (claiming Hodgson should have told him to "sit down and shut up") and criticizing the FA's decision to rebuild Wembley Stadium.

 

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