A football agent, Giuseppe Pagliara, has accused former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson of fixing a UEFA Champions League match.
According to the UK Mirror, the agent revealed that he gave Sir Alex a £30,000 Rolex in exchange for fixing the match.
Theallegations were made 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.
Speaking to an undercover reporter posing as a businesswoman, the 64-year-old said Ferguson worked with agents to make money from transfer deals.
Describing one meeting in Manchester in June 2016, prosecutor Brian O’Neill QC told Southwark Crown Court on Thursday: “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 him 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.”