Monday, October 26, 2020

Former soccer assistant manager sentenced to 12 months for bribery

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The 54-year-old, who was assistant manager at Barnsley at the time of the offence in September 2016, was sentenced to 12 months in jail, suspended for a year, after he was found guilty of two charges of accepting a bribe.

The trial at Southwark Crown Court heard that Wright, who denied the charges, was handed an envelope of £5,000 in cash by an undercover reporter from the Daily Telegraph.

The BBC has reported that he also leaked information about Barnsley players at a meeting in August 2016.

Wright was John Sheridan’s assistant during his first spell at the Spireites in 2009.

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Two other men, Giuseppe Pagliara, of Bury, and Dax Price, of Sittingbourne, also received suspended sentences as part of the same investigation.

Price, 48, a football agent, was handed an 18-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, after being convicted of two charges of offering or promising a bribe.

Pagliara, 64, another football agent, was given a two-year jail sentence, suspended for two years, after also being found guilty of two charges of offering or promising a bribe.

Det Con Chris Glover from the City of London Police’s Fraud Squad, said: “This case is the first in the UK relating to corruption in the football industry and shows how offending of this extremely serious nature can lead to significant prison sentences.”

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