Former Man Utd manager Alex Ferguson fixed a football match with a
corrupt agent who gave him a £30,000 gold Rolex, a court heard today.
‘Pino’ Pagliara, 64, made the claims to an undercover reporter posing
as a businesswoman looking to invest in football players, jurors were
He said the legendary manager fixed a champions league
game against Italian giants Juventus and alleged Ferguson pocketed money
from transfer deals.
“Towards the end of the meeting Pagliara
launched into what could only be described as a diatribe of Sir Alex
Ferguson, accusing him of having conspired with Pagliara to fix the
result of a football match between Juventus, a club which Pagliara was
associated with, and Manchester United in the Champions League for which
Pagliara had thanked him with a gold 30 grand Rolex watch.
went on to accuse Sir Alex Ferguson of having taken money as part of
transfer deals. He claimed that he had paid Ferguson before,” said the
Pagliara is on trial for bribery at Southwark Crown
Court alongside assistant head coach of Barnsley Football Club Tommy
Wright and fellow football agent Dax Price. All three deny the charges.
trio were charged following allegations of corruption published by the
Daily Telegraph in 2016, one of which led to Sam Allardyce resigning as
Pagliara claimed that ’99 per cent of the people in football, if they weren’t in football, would be selling second-hand cars’.
He also claimed he had ‘opened so many Swiss bank accounts for managers that you would not believe’.
have to have an offshore account somewhere and that’s where we do it.
For example, Antonio Conte [then head coach at Chelsea] has winked at us
and said, ‘Yeah, I want that player, is there a little coffee for me
“Yeah, that’s what he’ll say: yeah, of course, there is
and now I’m negotiating a coffee as well and we are not talking about a
The trial continues.