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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 September 2006, 11:38 GMT 12:38 UK
Football's original bung scandal
George Graham
Graham was given a one-year ban following the 'bung' probe
One of Arsenal's most successful managers, George Graham was the first and only casualty of the bungs scandal which hit English football over a decade ago.

During a nine-year stint at Highbury, Graham guided the Gunners to two league titles, two league cups, an FA Cup and a European Cup Winners Cup.

But the Scot's reputation was tarnished forever when he was found guilty of receiving money as part of a transfer deal by a Football Association inquiry in 1995.

It was discovered that Graham had taken over 400,000 in illegal payments from Norwegian agent Rune Hauge to sign players Pal Lydersen and John Jensen.

If George Graham is the only one guilty of taking a bung in the last 10 years, I would be absolutely amazed

Luton Town manager Mike Newell
After being sacked by Arsenal following the initial allegations in February, he was found guilty of misconduct by the FA five months later.

Graham insisted that he had received "unsolicited gifts" and not an illegal bung from Hauge - an assertion he later repeated in his autobiography.

But Graham's claims did not stop him being punished with a year-long ban from football.

Despite his tarnished image, the former Arsenal coach returned to management in September 1996.

He took over the reins at Leeds and also had a three-year stint at Tottenham until 2001.

Although many were called and rumours were plenty during the FA's bung investigation, only Graham was found guilty.

This led Luton Town manager Mike Newell to say in January 2006: "If George Graham is the only one guilty of taking a bung in the last 10 years, I would be absolutely amazed."

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