England Manager Sam Allardyce is facing an investigation by the Football Association over allegations made by Tabloid Newspaper, The Telegraph.
The Telegraph reports that ‘Big Sam’ negotiated a £400,000 deal to offer advice on how to navigate rules on player transfers.
The newspaper has footage of its investigation in August of the England coach meeting with men claiming to represent a firm from the Far East. He appeared to tell them that third-party ownership rules can be avoided.
Third-party ownership was described as a form of slavery by the former president of UEFA, Michel Platini.
It involves a third party – company, agent or investor – taking ownership of all or part of a players financial right. The third party benefits from transfer fees whenever the player is sold and may take a cut from the players contracts.
Third-party ownership of players was banned by the English FA in 2008 and by FIFA in May last year.
The 61-year-old coach has not yet responded to the allegations as the FA has asked to see full transcripts of the paper’s recordings.
FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn are holding emergency meetings at Wembley Stadium to discuss the allegations which is deemed very serious by the association.
”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,”
”With things like this, you have to take a deep breath.”
Sam Allardyce was recently appointed England manager in July after England’s disastrous European Championship campaign under Roy Hodgson. He has only been in charge of one game in which he won.
The Football Association is looking to make a decision soon on whether Sam Allardyce will carry on as England boss with England set to play World Cup qualifiers against Malta and Slovenia.