FULL STATEMENT FROM THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION REGARDING PANORAMA PROGRAMME
Further to last night’s Panorama programme, the FA confirmed today that it has already asked the BBC to provide all of the information it obtained during their investigation. We expect this information to be provided as a matter of urgency.
The FA takes any allegations of corruption in the game extremely seriously and will actively investigate the claims made by the programme.
Some of these investigations will be conducted jointly with the Premier League when the claims relate to both FA and Premier League rules.
Discussions have already taken place with the Premier League as to how these joint investigations will be managed. These investigations will cover the allegations of illegal approaches involving:
- Frank Arnesen
- Liverpool FC
- Newcastle United FC
- Harry Redknapp
The joint approach will also apply to the transfers of Hidetoshi Nakata, Tal Ben Haim and Ali Al-Habsi to Bolton Wanderers, which fall within the timeframe covered by the Lord Stevens Inquiry.
Other allegations, such as those relating to players’ agents and connected activities, will be investigated by the FA alone. They will cover the allegations against:
- Sam Allardyce
- Craig Allardyce
- Peter Harrison
- Charles Collymore
- Kevin Bond
Although agent Teni Yerima is licensed in France and therefore not under our jurisdiction, the FA will also include him in its inquiries and refer any information to FIFA and/or the French FA as appropriate.
The FA will also speak to all other parties named in the programme.
Based on the evidence obtained, the FA will then determine what action should be taken.
FA chief executive Brian Barwick said: “These are serious allegations which have been made by Panorama and we are determined to investigate them fully.
“It is vital for the integrity of the game and for every football supporter that we do this.
“We will work in close co-operation with the Premier League. As with any investigation, we will ensure that our inquiries are exhaustive and thorough. If we find evidence of corruption we will act on it. We recognise our responsibility.”
didn't see the programme myself, but from what I've read it seems our involvment in it was minimal and hardly incriminating. are we likely to get shafted as the FA make their point?