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, according to a Sky news report.
Shortly after taking over the national side, Allardyce met a group of people who he believed were representatives of a Far East firm.
However, the “businessmen” were actually undercover reporters taking part in a Daily Telegraph investigation.
Footage appears to show him telling the reporters it was possible to get around Football Association rules – enforced since 2008 – that stop third parties “owning” football players’ economic rights.
The pratice was also banned by world governing body FIFA in May 2015.
When asked about the rules, Allardyce was filmed on a hidden camera saying: “It’s not a problem.”
He told the reporters that an unnamed group had been “doing it for years” and “you can still get around it”.
On the footage he is heard to say: “You get a percentage of the player’s agent’s fee that the agent pays to you, the company, because he’s done that new deal at the club again or they sell him on, and you’re not getting a part of the transfer fee any more, because you can’t do that.
“But, you get – because of the size of the contracts now, the contract will be worth thirty, forty million, at 10 per cent and you’ve done a deal with the agent where you’re getting five per cent of the agent’s fee, which is massive for doing about two hours’ work.”
The newspaper claims a deal was struck with the England manager worth £400,000.
As England manager, Allardyce is paid £3 million a year plus bonuses by the FA.
The Daily Telegraph has reported the FA has requested to see “the full facts in relation to this matter”.