Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson allegedly fixed a Manchester United game with an agent who rewarded him with a £30,000 gold Rolex, a court heard today.
Football agent Giuseppe “Pino” Pagliara, 64, revealed the info to an undercover reporter posing as a businesswoman looking to invest in football, jurors were told. In the secretly recorded meeting he also said that Sir Alex, who was United’s boss from 1986 to 2013, took money from transfer deals, Southwark Crown Court heard.
Pagliara is accused of paying and facilitating a bribe and denies all charges against him.
Prosecuting, Brian O’Neill QC explained how Pagliara was involved in several scandals with other high-profile figures, including former England coach Steve McClaren, ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp and footballer Kanu.
Talking about the Juventus match, Mr. O’Neil said, via The Sun:
“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.”
We don’t know what ramifications these accusations will have for the retired manager, but this situation is very delicate. Pagliara is accused of even more charges with two other individuals, as this trial continues.