Exclusive Sam Allardyce may have breached FA rules after discussion about unauthorised

first_imgSam Allardyce The Telegraphdetailed its findings in an email to the FA on Monday morning  which set out 18 questions, including on Allardyce’s comments in his two meetings with undercover reporters.However the FA declined to answer any of the questions without receiving full transcripts of the conversations with Allardyce.  A spokesman replied nine hours later saying: “We have asked The Daily Telegraph to provide us with the full facts in relation to this matter and are awaiting their response.”Allardyce failed to respond to a separate series of questions put to him. He then put a napkin over his head and added: “Oh, oh, you’re not, do not, I haven’t heard that. I haven’t heard that, you stupid man. What are you talking about? You idiot. You can have that conversation when I’m not here.”Later still in the three-hour meal, Mr McGarvey said: “At the end of the day Sam, they know, if I’m going to talk to you about a player, you’re going to advise, you’re going to do whatever. You’re not here for, this is the football. You’re here because, you’re advising on the group, whatever [undercover reporter] wants you to do in that sense. Not football.” Allardyce replied: “But you slipped up tonight. You can’t go there anymore.  You can’t pay a player, you can’t pay a manager, you can’t pay a CEO. It used to happen 20 odd years ago, 30 years ago. You can’t do it now. You can’t do it now. Don’t ever go there.” Mr McGarvey said: “No, no I wouldn’t go down there.”Allardyce went on: “This place is so tight, now. It’s, you just daren’t even think about it. Mr McGarvey is a registered intermediary with the FA, whose regulations state: “An Intermediary must not give, offer or seek to offer, any consideration of any kind, either directly or indirectly, to any club, club official, manager or player as a result of, or in connection with, a transaction or in return for any benefit, service, favour or any kind of preferential treatment in respect of the club’s players, access to those players or the promotion of the intermediary’s services with those players. Clubs, club officials, managers and players are prohibited from accepting such offers or receiving such consideration.”A spokesman for Mr McGarvey said: “There is little doubt that the lure of the project and his role in it has resulted in our client providing colourful information to enhance and secure his role as was being offered to him… our client does not accept that he made statements about apparently improper behaviour.” Sam Allardyce may have breached Football Association rules after he told an agent discussing illicit payments to players: “You can have that conversation when I’m not here.”The England manager told Scott McGarvey that he had “slipped up” by talking in his presence about giving players “a few grand” to help recruit their peers to a sports management company.The suggestion appeared to be a breach of Football Association (FA) regulations which state that agents may not “offer or seek to offer any consideration of any kind” to players  in return for any “benefit” or “service” in relation to promoting their business.center_img Sam Allardyce covers his face with a napkin Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The FA’s Rules of the Association state that any potential breach of the body’s regulations should immediately be reported to the FA. Both Allardyce and the FA failed to answer questions about whether he did report the conversation.Allardyce, who as England manager is employed by the FA, was at a dinner with two undercover reporters to finalise a deal to become an ambassador to a fictitious investment and sports management firm which he knew to be engaging in the third-party ownership of football players. At the meeting on September 22 Mr McGarvey, who had introduced the undercover reporters to Allardyce and believed he was acting as a consultant to the company, explained a proposed strategy to pay footballers to recommend other players who could be signed up to be represented by the firm. Asked by Mr McGarvey if he agreed with the plan, Allardyce said: “You wouldn’t give them a few grand.”last_img