Wenger opposes third-pary ownership, hopes Allardyce can clear his name

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has always opposed third-party ownership when asked about the allegations facing Sam Allardyce, adding that he hopes the England boss can clear his name.

Wenger opposes third-pary ownership, hopes Allardyce can clear his name

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LONDON COLNEY, NEAR LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (SEPTEMBER 27, 2016) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER, ARSENE WENGER, SAYING:

“Yes, third-party ownership should not be allowed. I fight against it for a long, long time that the clubs should all possess 100 percent of their players but I cannot tell you anything about this story (the allegations against Sam Allardyce) because I don’t know anything about it.”

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3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARSENAL MANAGER, ARSENE WENGER, SAYING:

“I can’t tell you anything about that because I don’t know really. I haven’t even read the story and I wouldn’t like to comment on that. It’s too damageable and too heavy as a story you know, so I think you have to let Sam Allardyce to defend himself and just hope he will clear his name.”

STORY: England manager Sam Allardyce has been caught up in a newspaper sting in which he is alleged to have met a bogus consortium of Far East businessmen seeking advice on the Premier League’s billion pound transfer market.

During meetings with undercover reporters from The Daily Telegraph, Allardyce is reported to talk about a deal in which he would offer advice on how to “get around” rules on signing players.

The Telegraph report also alleged that Allardyce said he knew of agents who regularly broke the rules on third-party ownership of players.

The English Football Association banned third-party ownership in 2008.

When asked about the reports on Tuesday (September 27), Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he had always opposed third-party ownership and hoped Allardyce would be able to clear his name.

“Third-party ownership should not be allowed. I fight against it for a long, long time that the clubs should all possess 100 percent of their players but I cannot tell you anything about this story (the allegations against Sam Allardyce) because I don’t know anything about it,” Wenger said.

“I can’t tell you anything about that because I don’t know really. I haven’t even read the story and I wouldn’t like to comment on that. It’s too damageable and too heavy as a story you know, so I think you have to let Sam Allardyce to defend himself and just hope he will clear his name.”

Reuters was unable to independently verify the report.

An FA spokesman said: “We have asked The Daily Telegraph to provide us with the full facts in relation to this matter.”

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