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Sam Allardyce: England manager to resign if Telegraph corruption allegations proven, says Kent MP and chair of sport select committee Damian Collins

England football manager Sam Allardyce has quit over a newspaper investigation apparently showing him explain how to get around FA rules.

Earlier today the acting chair of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee and Kent MP, Damian Collins, said Allardyce should resign if the accusations were true.

Mr Collins spoke out as Mr Allardyce was hauled before his FA bosses at Wembley Stadium after the allegations emerged in an investigation carried out by The Telegraph.

Former England manager Sam Allardyce
Former England manager Sam Allardyce

He said: "If the allegations against Sam Allardyce are proven to be true his position is simply untenable and he should resign."

Undercover reporters from the newspaper acting as businessmen from a Far East sports management company filmed Mr Allardyce apparently agreeing to a £400,000 deal and offering advice over how to negate the rules surrounding third party ownership of players.

He is now being investigated by his employers as to whether he abused his position.

The sting took place before Mr Allardyce, who was appointed in July, had even held his first training session with the national team.

Damian Collins
Damian Collins

Mr Collins went on to criticise the FA for the way it has run football in England and called on it to introduce more stringent measures for policing its own rules.

"The Allardyce story leaves big questions for FA on policing third party ownership rules and for the broader poor culture of football governance," he said.

"I am disappointed that football has not acted upon the recommendations of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport select committee to make sure the game is policed properly.

"Rules around third party ownership of players is an important part of the regulation of the game."

He also spoke about his desire to introduce a new law to strengthen and bolster governance within the game.

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