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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 September 2006, 10:18 GMT 11:18 UK
'Bung' reaction
Sam Allardyce
The BBC's Panorama investigation into alleged illegal payments in football has caused a stir inside and outside the game.

BBC Sport tracks some of the comments and reactions from leading figures on the allegations contained in the programme.


LMA vice chairman Frank Clark

  • League Managers' Association vice-chairman Frank Clark

    "It was low level agents or ex-agents trying to impress a Mr Big who they thought was going to help them make lots of money by boasting about who they could deliver and what their contacts were and what they'd done in the past.

    "Most of it was allegations but it's a question of the documentation and I'd be very surprised if the documentation wasn't in place with the football clubs and the Football Association.

    "In an industry with so much money, it would be naive to suggest there is nothing going on but I don't think it is widespread."


  • Sky Andrew

    "Fans need to know players are bought for the right reason. It makes the man in the street and who pays his money at the turnstile think: 'Was that player bought because he's a good player, or because there was a deal in it?'"

    "I just think that the authorities are doing everything they can to legislate this. It's about time that we actually looked at the system and said: 'Look it's working.'

    "A lot of the agents are abiding by the rules and very few are bending them."

  • Jon Smith

    "The big issue from the programme is a lack of regulation.

    "The FA's regulations do not work and are not enforced properly, and no-one gives a damn about them. In fact, we don't think they are legal."


  • BBC Sport news correspondent Gordon Farquhar
  • "The Football Association watched the programme with interest and asked that people share their information.

    "My understanding is that it will go beyond that and look at some of the material that wasn't broadcast."

  • Investigative journalist Tom Bower, author of "Broken Dreams"
  • Tom Bower

    "I thought it was a good programme. But the weakness was a failure to prove that Craig Allardyce had shared a bung with his father.

    "I doubt whether the football community has an appetite to tackle the problem of corruption because there are so many vested interests. That makes it very, very difficult to provide specific evidence of bungs."


  • Uefa chief executive Lars Christer Olsson
  • "We have reports from different clubs and leagues and associations, and even governments, to say that agents are a growing problem in the way they are making money.

    "We have started, together with clubs and leagues, to change the rules and regulations and this can only be achieved if we're working closely with politicians and the sport's governing body."


    Sports Minister Richard Caborn

  • Sports minister Richard Caborn

    "Everyone was saying we would not root out cheats in sport on anti-doping but we are doing that systematically.

    "What has been discussed is a new licensing which every club will have to sign up to and if they break the rules there will be consequences."


  • A Football Association spokesman

    "We have watched the programme with great interest and have asked the BBC if they will share the findings from their investigation with us.

    "If we have evidence of possible breaches of rules and regulations, we will of course investigate that."

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