Wednesday 23 May 2018

Chelsea legend Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink among the latest figures caught up in Telegraph sting operations

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink during a meeting with Telegraph undercover reporters in London earlier this month. CREDIT: TELEGRAPH
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink during a meeting with Telegraph undercover reporters in London earlier this month. CREDIT: TELEGRAPH
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Queens Park Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is the latest high profile figure to be caught up in English football’s corruption scandal, as the Daily Telegraph continue their investigation that is rocking the game.

After the newspaper sting encouraged Sam Allardyce to make inappropriate comments on a hidden camera that subsequently cost him his position as England manager, former Chelsea striker Hasselbaink has been filmed negotiating a £55,000 fee to represent a firm of fake businessmen in the Far East.

While it is unclear whether Hasselbaink has broke any rules in his QPR contract by holding these talks, his suggestion that he may be willing to sign player for his club that were owned by the men he believed were football agents could be more damaging.

QPR and Hasselbaink have now issued this statement to claify their position:

The club is aware of the allegations made against QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink in The Telegraph,” it read.

“First and foremost, the club takes very seriously any alleged breach of the rules.

“With this in mind, the club can confirm that there will be a thorough internal investigation regarding this matter.

“However, we have every confidence in our manager and the robust systems and processes the club has in place.

In addition to the above, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has issued the following statement:

“I have today, through my lawyers, responded in full to the accusations levelled against me by The Telegraph.

“I was approached by Mr McGarvey and Ms Newell of The Telegraph purporting to be players’ agents. They offered me a fee to make a speech in Singapore.

“I do not see anything unusual in being offered to be paid to make a speech. I did not make any promises in return.

“I did not ask QPR to purchase any of the players who were said to be managed by Mr McGarvey and Ms Newell (the fake football agents) and did not and would not recommend the purchase of a player for my personal gain. I deny any accusations of wrongdoing on my part.”

Meanwhile, Leeds United’s controversial owner Massimo Cellino has been drawn into the sting, as he was filed discussing a way that his club could get around rules on third-party ownership of players.

In a separate phase of the investigation, Barnsley assistant coach Tommy Wright was filmed accepting a £5,000 bung in return for agreeing to promote deals for his club to sign players.

The Championship club have swiftly suspended Wright following the revelations, as they issued this statement on Wednesday evening.

“Barnsley FC is aware of allegations made by the Telegraph against Tommy Wright.

“The club has today suspended Tommy pending an internal investigation into these allegations.”

The allegation forms part of the Telegraph’s undercover investigation into corruption in football, which on Tuesday accounted for England manager Sam Allardyce.

The newspaper has also alleged that 10 as-yet-unnamed managers took bribes in player transfers.

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