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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 January 2006, 15:16 GMT
Luton boss Newell holds FA talks
Mike Newell
Luton manager Mike Newell has met Football Association officials to discuss his claims a bung culture still exists in football.

Newell, 40, said he had been offered cash by agents and club officials in exchange for selling players.

The FA's chief executive Brian Barwick met with Newell but did not take part in the formal part of the meeting.

The FA is to review what Newell told them in the meeting but is not planning any further comment at the moment.

Although Newell insisted he had evidence to support him, he admits he had no written evidence.

Newell claimed the act of illegal payments is rife in football and that he had been offered "sweeteners" by agents and club officials to sell Luton players.

But he said: "It's word of mouth. It's in my head, so I don't know if it will be any use at all."

If this causes me a problem in terms of my career, there's something seriously wrong in football
Mike Newell

The Football Agents' Association hinted Newell could face legal action over his comments.

A statement said: "So far as we are aware Mr Newell has not named the individuals to whom these allegations are intended to refer.

"But his comments as they stand cast aspersions over the whole role of agents and indeed licensed agents generally, and are by implication defamatory."

On Saturday, football agent Dennis Roach added: "He has got to put enough evidence together before he comes out and speaks.

"He should take it to the FA to root these guys out but if he hasn't got it he is in trouble."

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