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Last Updated: Monday, 23 January 2006, 17:07 GMT
Silent Eriksson leaves FA meeting
Sven-Goran Eriksson
Eriksson faced a large crowd outside FA headquarters
Sven-Goran Eriksson left the Football Association's headquarters without comment after being asked to explain reports in a national newspaper.

The England manager is reported to have told an undercover journalist from the News of the World that some, unnamed managers "put money in their pocket".

Eriksson arrived for work at Soho Square for a meeting with the FA's compliance unit and left at 1600 GMT.

His alleged comments were the second part of his 'Fake sheikh' interview.

That paper also published allegations in last week's edition, reporting that the England coach had said he would leave his England job after the World Cup - if his side won the tournament.

He discussed taking the manager's job at Aston Villa in the event of a theoretical takeover of the club by the undercover reporter, who turned out to be Mazher Mahmood, the 'Fake Sheikh' who has caught out a list of celebrities with embarrassing 'stings'.

At no time did Mr Eriksson or Mr Still say that 'top Premiership clubs are riddled with corruption'
Athole Still's statement

Now Eriksson, who has a contract with England until 2008, has been reported as saying that corruption is taking place in the domestic game.

Two managers in the Championship, Mike Newell of Luton and QPR's Ian Holloway, have also alleged that bungs exist in football.

Both have also been invited to discuss the issue with the compliance unit.

On Sunday Eriksson's agent Athole Still issued a statement about the claims.

He said that neither himself nor Eriksson claimed that top Premiership clubs were riddled with corruption.

The statement read:

  • At no time did Mr Eriksson or Mr Still say that 'top Premiership clubs are riddled with corruption'.

  • Careful reading of the articles shows that both Mr Eriksson and Mr Still were reacting conversationally to a topical subject of debate initiated by their hosts and already being discussed in football circles and the media.

  • At no time did either Mr Eriksson or Mr Still claim to have any evidence in relation to improper transfer dealings in football.

  • On Sunday, Mr Still attended a meeting with the FA at the request of chief executive Brian Barwick. Mr Eriksson and Mr Still will co-operate fully with any further discussions with the FA and its Compliance Unit.

    The FA has asked the paper for all the conversations alleged to have taken place with the England boss in Dubai.

    The compliance unit is also planning to talk to Eriksson's agent Still.

    I would call on everyone connected with the game to get behind Sven and the team over the next five months
    FA chief executive Brian Barwick

    FA chief executive Brian Barwick also released a statement on Sunday.

    "Allegations made during the past week have not been good for the game's image," read his statement on the FA website.

    "However, the FA fully appreciates the importance of supporting Sven and the England team in the build-up to and during the World Cup this summer.

    "I would like to call on everyone connected with the game to get behind Sven and the team over the next five months as we count down to what we all believe is one of our best opportunities in a World Cup finals for many years."

    That has not prevented most national newspapers on Monday speculating that Eriksson will be sacked after the World Cup in Germany.


  • SEE ALSO
    Newell optimistic following talks
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