Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

FA to Probe QPR Bung Controversy; Holloway Claims: I Was Offered [Pounds Sterling]30,000

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

FA to Probe QPR Bung Controversy; Holloway Claims: I Was Offered [Pounds Sterling]30,000

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Byline: RAOUL SIMONS

THE Football Association today launched an investigation into allegations that QPR manager Ian Holloway was offered a [pounds sterling]30,000 inducement by an agent.

Seven days after Luton boss Mike Newell's claims about widespread corruption in the game, Holloway has revealed how a middleman talked of a financial incentive to push through a free transfer.

Holloway will be asked to give evidence to the FA's compliance unit over the allegations which relate to the signing of fullback Gino Padula from Spanish club Jerez in July 2002.

At the time, Holloway reported the alleged bung offer, which he refused, to former Rangers chairman Nick Blackburn, who has backed up the claims.

An FA spokesman said: "We will be contacting Ian Holloway to request a meeting. We take these matters very seriously and would expect anyone who has evidence of any wrongdoing to come forward."

The agent at the centre of the controversy, Paul Taylor, denies any wrongdoing and, when contacted by Standard Sport this morning, said: "The matter is in the hands of my solicitor who has advised me not to say anything, but these allegations are not true."

In a new twist, it has also emerged that Padula, who now plays for Nottingham Forest, has been involved in legal action against QPR over a contract dispute. …

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