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Published: 08:22 | 27/9/16

FA to investigate Allardyce allegations


The Football Association is to investigate claims that England manager Sam Allardyce used his position to negotiate a £400,000 deal.

The Daily Telegraph claims to have footage of Allardyce offering businessmen advice on how to get around FA transfers rules, while the report alleges he mocked former manager Roy Hodgson's speech and criticised Gary Neville.

Allardyce was appointed as Hodgson's successor in July but after just one match in charge his role is in question with the FA set to meet on Tuesday.

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

"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."

Allardyce met with undercover reporters he thought were representatives of a Far East firm and is alleged to have told that he would help them get around the FA rules that prevents third parties "owning" football players' economic rights - the practice was banned by the FA in 2008.

When asked about the rules, Allardyce is alleged to have said: "It's not a problem."

Explaining how to get around it, Allardyce said: "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 30, 40million, 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."

During the meeting Allardyce appears to mock Hodgson's speech by calling him 'Woy' on several occasions, while he his predecessor’s decision making at Euro 2016.

Referencing the defeat to Iceland, Allardyce said: "Tell Gary to sit down and shut up so you can do what you want".

Allardyce has yet to respond to the allegations.

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