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Agent 'bragged of giving Alex Ferguson £30k Rolex in exchange for fixing match' court hears

Daily Record logoDaily Record 17/10/2019 Tom Pettifor
a man wearing a suit and tie: The agent said he had paid Alex Ferguson © Getty The agent said he had paid Alex Ferguson

A football agent accused of corruption bragged about giving then Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson a £30,000 Rolex in exchange for fixing a Champions League match, a court heard.

Giuseppe Pagliara, 64, also told an undercover reporter posing as a businesswoman that Sir Alex worked with agents to make money from transfer deals, a jury was told.

The claims were heard during the opening of the bribery trial of Pagliara, fellow agent Dax Price, 48, and Scot Tommy Wright, 53, the former assistant head coach of Barnsley.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Guiseppe Pagliara © Central News Guiseppe Pagliara

Describing one meeting in Manchester in June 2016, prosecutor Brian O’Neill QC told Southwark Crown Court yesterday: “Pagliara launched into what could only be described as a diatribe of Sir Alex Ferguson… He claimed that he had paid Ferguson before.”

The trial also heard claims about other football figures, including former England manager Steve McLaren, ex-Portsmouth and Spurs boss Harry Redknapp and Cardiff manager Neil Warnock.

Mr O’Neill said that the prosecution did not seek to “malign” other individuals who were not on trial.

Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manchester, England. © Getty Images Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on May 12, 2013 in Manchester, England.

Wright, of Barnsley, denies two counts of accepting a bribe.

Pagliara, of Bury, Greater Manchester, and Price, 48, of Sittingbourne, Kent, deny two counts of paying and facilitating a bribe.

The trial continues.

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