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Former Man Utd boss Ferguson accused of match-fixing scandal

EPL By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 18/10/2019

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been accused of match-fixing after football agent accused of corruption.

The 64-year-old Giuseppe Pagliara has claimed he gave ex-Red Devil coach, a £30,000 Rolex in exchange for fixing a Champions League fixture against Juventus, is one of two football agents on trial alongside former Barnsley assistant coach Tommy Wright, who appears in a court has heard.

According to Daily Mail reports that during the opening of the bribery trial of Pagliara, fellow agent Dax Price, 48, and Scot Tommy Wright, 53, the former assistant head coach of Barnsley.

Describing one meeting in Manchester in June 2016, prosecutor Brian O’Neill QC told Southwark Crown Court yesterday: "Pagliara launched into what could only be described as a diatribe of Sir Alex Ferguson… He claimed that he had paid Ferguson before.”

O’Neill QC added: "Towards the end of the meeting Pagliara launched into what could only be described as a diatribe of Sir Alex Ferguson, accusing him of having conspired with Pagliara to fix the result of a football match between Juventus, a club which Pagliara was associated with, and Manchester United in the Champions League for which Pagliara had thanked him with a gold 30 grand Rolex watch.

"Pagliara went on to accuse Sir Alex Ferguson of having taken money as part of transfer deals. He claimed that he had paid Ferguson before.”

The trial also heard claims about other football figures, including former England manager Steve McLaren, ex-Portsmouth and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp and Cardiff manager Neil Warnock.

During Ferguson 26 years reign at Old Trafford, he won 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and five FA Cups.
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