Barnsley football club has suspended assistant manager Tommy Wright after his name came up in a Daily Telegraph investigation alleging corruption in football.
Wright was caught on video accepting an envelope of money in return for allegedly helping persuade Barnsley to sign players from a fake Far East firm.
According to the Daily Telegraph investigation, Wright accepted £5,000 at a meeting in Leeds in August.
Barnsley football club says that he has been suspended “pending an internal investigation into these allegations”.
In Daily Telegraph’s investigation, Wright was introduced to members of the Far East firm (who were undercover reporters) by two football agents.
During one of a number of meetings in which Wright was filmed, Wright said, “I can just recommend players to you that I’ve gone and seen, and you will have to do your spicy dealing, whatever you do.” Tommy Wright says, “you know where I live” when the subject of giving him money is raised.
Wright tells a member of the firm “cheers, just put it there,” and this is when a person hands him the envelope after which, according to the newspaper report, he left with it in his pocket. The article in the Daily Telegraph also makes it clear that the football club Bransly was not aware of Wright’s actions.
A spokesperson of the suspended Barnsley coach said, “Any suggested acts contrary to criminal law or those of the FA and Fifa are categorically denied.”
These latest allegations against Tommy Wrights comes a day after a expose by the Telegraph. The expose claimed that eight current or former Premier League managers had taken bribes for player transfers.
Sam Allardyce resigned from his post as England’s football team manager after reports surfaced in the Telegraph that he gave advice on how to “get around” rules on player transfers.
Along with Wright, QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino have also been named by the Telegraph. All three of them have however denied any wrongdoing.
QPR in a statement said, “The club is aware of the allegations made against QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. First and foremost, the club takes very seriously any alleged breach of the rules. With this in mind, the club can confirm that there will be a thorough internal investigation regarding this matter. However, we have every confidence in our manager and the robust systems and processes the club has in place.”