Sir Alex Ferguson Caught Up In Match-Fixing Scandal

Tanya Simon
October 19, 2019

Pagliara is now on trial for bribery, along with two other men named Tommy Wright, a former assistant manager at Barnsley, and Dax Price, another football agent. Notably, all of them have denied their charges of corruption.

Sam Allardyce was involved in the investigation after he was secretly filmed, drinking a pint of wine and advising reporters posing as businessmen on how to get around FA rules on player transfers.

Queens Council for the prosecution, Brian O'Neill, said: "Towards the end of the meeting Pagliara launched into a diatribe about Sir Alex Ferguson, accusing him of having conspired with Pagliara to fix the result of a match against Juventus, with whom Pagliara was associated at the time, in the Champions League, for which Pagliara thanked him with a gold, thirty-grand Rolex watch". The 64-year-old Giuseppe Pagliara has claimed he gave ex-Red Devil coach, a £30,000 Rolex in exchange for fixing a Champions League fixture against Juventus, is one of two football agents on trial alongside former Barnsley assistant coach Tommy Wright, who appears in a court has heard.

For the interval of meetings at top motels in London, Leeds and Manchester, Mr Pagliara modified into recorded telling Ms Newell how he would "glimpse after managers", at the side of that "99 per cent of the industry is made up of folks that, within the occasion that they weren't in football, would be promoting 2nd-hand autos".

"However, it's significant evidence in the case of the defendant who said the words and any other defendant who was present and did not disassociate themselves from those words".

The prosecutor said of Mr Price: "He went on to say this: 'There are certain people like Harry Redknapp; he needs looking after".

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The court was told such third-party ownership arrangements were banned by the Football Association in 2008 and by Fifa in 2015.

Wright, 53, of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, denies two charges of accepting a bribe in contravention of the Bribery Act 2000.

Prosecutor Mr O'Neill explained that, across a series of meetings, emails and texts, Pagliara, originally from Genoa in Italy, and Price, allegedly proposed schemes which saw them becoming players' agents, buying them and placing them at clubs.

Pagliara was docked for paying and facilitating a bribe and denies all charges tabled against him.

Undercover reporter Claire Newell and her team set up a fake company and told Pagliara and Price that she wanted to invest in football players, jurors heard.

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