Sir Alex Ferguson accused of “fixing game with agent who gave him £30,000 gold Rolex”

Sir Alex Ferguson accused of “fixing game with agent who gave him £30,000 gold Rolex”
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 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  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   Prosecutor Brian O’Neill QC said: “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  “Pagliara went on to accuse Sir Alex Ferguson of having taken money as part of transfer deals He claimed that he had paid Ferguson before.”  Mr O’Neill said that the prosecution did not seek to “malign” other individuals who were not on trial  Ferguson is widely regarded as one of the best football managers of all time, and has won more trophies than any other manager in the history of football  During his 26 years at United he won 38 trophies, including 13 Premier League titles, two Champions Leagues and five FA Cups  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

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