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Barnsley sack coach over bribery allegations

 

 Football News 24/

As reported by BBC Sport, Barnsley have sacked assistant boss Tommy Wright after he was named in a Daily Telegraph in­ves­tiga­ti­on alleging corruption in football.

The report included footage of Wright apparently accepting money in return for allegedly helping persuade the Championship club to sign players.

He was suspended on Wednesday while the club investigated the allegations.

But the 50-year-old has now been sacked with immediate effect after a meeting with chief executive Linton Brown.

A Barnsley statement read: "After considering Mr Wright's response to allegations in today's Daily Telegraph about breaching FA rules over player transfers, Mr Wright was dismissed.

"The club was unaware of such matters or involved in any wrongdoing. The club will continue to fully investigate the issues at hand and will co-operate with the regulatory authorities as necessary."

As part of an ongoing inves­tiga­ti­on into alleged corruption in football, the newspaper claims Wright accepted £5,000 at a meeting in Leeds in August.

A spokesman for Wright has said: "Any suggested acts contrary to criminal law or those of the Football Association and Fifa are ca­tego­ric­al­ly denied."

Wright joined Barnsley in February 2015 as number two to former boss Lee Johnson, and continued in the role under current head coach Paul Hec­kin­gbot­tom.

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