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FA Seeks BBC Evidence in Bung Scandal

Tuesday night's Panorama report certainly had its intended effect: everyone from FIFA to UEFA to the English Football Association to the individual clubs whose officials were implicated in the investigative report about "bung" or bribery culture in English soccer seems to have taken a keen interest in the outcome of what could be England's greatest soccer scandal. On Wednesday, the FA began a formal investigation of its own into allegations made by the BBC program, and the FA is complaining that the British broadcaster isn't being responsive enough. The organization seeks further evidence that did not air on the program due to the legal implications of broadcasting unsubstantiated claims in the UK. Because of this, Harry Redknapp of Portsmouth and Sam Allardyce of Bolton were the only two Premier League managers called out by name in the report. Some 17 other managerspast and presentare believed to have taken bungs from player agents. The program used hidden cameras with undercover reporters posing as soccer agents to collect its evidence. The FA is now applying pressure to the BBC to release the rest of the information it collected. A meeting between the organizations is expected to occur on Monday. Peter Harrison, an agent whose work was highlighted in the program, strenuously denied the BBC's claims. "I've never given bungs. I've not given a bung to Sam Allardyce. I've never given a bung. I shall be suing the BBC," he said.

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