Senior figure suspended after undercover Leeds meeting
By Alex Stevens
Barnsley assistant manager Tommy Wright has been suspended after being named in a Daily Telegraph investigation alleging corruption in football.
Wright was filmed apparently being given an envelope of money in return for allegedly helping persuade Barnsley to sign players from a fake Far East firm.
The newspaper claims he accepted £5,000 in an envelope full of £20 notes at a meeting in Leeds in August.
The Championship club, who visit Elland Road in Saturday’s league match, say Wright has been suspended “pending an internal investigation into these allegations”.
The Telegraph’s investigation involved Wright being introduced to members of the Far East firm, who were undercover reporters, by two football agents.
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In a separate meeting, QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is filmed apparently negotiating a fee to travel to Singapore to speak to the Far East firm.
The Dutchman also allegedly discusses the possibility of signing players from them.
He has not been suspended by the Championship club who say “there will be a thorough internal investigation regarding this matter” and that they “have every confidence in our manager”.
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino was also filmed by the Telegraph offering undercover reporters posing as an investment firm a way to get around FA and Fifa third-party ownership rules.
Leeds issued a statement on their official website that claimed the footage of their owner amounted to a “non-story” as Cellino “made a perfectly proper suggestion which is entirely consistent with the FA’s regulations”.
The Time to Go Massimo protest group want the controversial Italian to “relinquish all ties with Leeds United immediately”.
— Time To Go, Massimo (@TimeToGoMassimo) September 29, 2016
“Mr Cellino has shown time and time again he is unfit to run a club the size of Leeds United,” read the statement on Thursday by the Time To Go Massimo group.” The revelations in the Telegraph go further. By offering to bend the rules in this way, he has shown himself to be an unfit custodian of our great club.”
The 60-year-old owner is currently the subject of an FA inquiry into allegations that he agreed an illegal payment of £185,000 during the transfer of Ross McCormack to Fulham.
The Telegraph has conducted an undercover investigation into a number of managers and owners across the country using an entrapment technique that has seen Sam Allardyce axed as England manager.
In other Leeds news, fans have reacted on Twitter to Cellino’s reported involvement.