Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How the Game Reacted to the BBC's 'Bung' Revelations

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

How the Game Reacted to the BBC's 'Bung' Revelations

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THE ACCUSED . . .

BECAUSE I haven't seen anything of the programme, I need to have a look at that and to take a view before I make any comment whatsoever. But if there are things saying wrong about Sam Allardyce, believe you me, I will be fighting them."

- Bolton manager Sam Allardyce "I HAVEN'T seen it (the programme) but I'm looking forward to going home and having a nice cup of tea and watching it because I've done absolutely nothing wrong. There's nothing on there that I would have to consult my lawyer about. As far as I'm concerned, there's not a single thing to worry about.

- Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp

MANAGERS . . .

"I'VE never been offered a bung but we need greater consistency and transparency with dealings between clubs and agents. I've got a text from an agent offering me on loan a youngster with no League experience. The only fee payable is to him."

- Crystal Palace manager Peter Taylor "I HAVE never had a bung or heard about anyone else. It's all superficial. Until someone gives evidence that things have happened it's all hearsay isn't it? It's not good for people who have maybe been spoken about which haven't got any evidence at all. That can be worrying."

- Southampton manager George Burley

AGENTS . . .

"THE programme had lots of insinuation but no testicles. The game is essentially clean. Bad practice goes on in every industry, but in football it is highlighted because our work is in the public domain. The situation is not helped by the FA's lack of control and unworkable regulations."

- Jon Smith, First Artist "IT is a sad day when effectively the media does the FA's job. The FA should be policing the game, but seem to have lost sight of the bigger picture and is not addressing major issues - there are some rotten apples in the game, there are some rotten apples in agents and at managerial level. …

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