Axed England boss Sam Allardyce could yet face ban, reveals FA chief
Sam Allardyce could yet face further punishment after he was embroiled in a football corruption scandal, after it emerged he yet face a ban from football.
The 61-year-old was forced out of his job as England manager this week after secretly filmed footage was published by the Telegraph which showed him discussing the Football Association's third party ownership rules, and criticising his predecessor Roy Hodgson.
He had just 67 days in the job.
But FA chief executive Martin Glenn has now revealed the former Bolton and West Ham boss could be charged with bringing the game into disrepute - which could lead to a ban from the game.
“It is realistic he could be charged," said Glenn.
"The newspaper that made the revelations are releasing the full transcripts to the police, which is what has to happen.
“Once we get full access to them, we’ll pass them to our Integrity Unit. We’ve dealt with Sam as an employee. Sam’s role as a participant in the game will be part of this next process, if there is one.
“The decision will be based on the merits of the evidence. Bringing the game into disrepute might be a possible charge.
“A potential sanction could range from a fine to a ban. That’s what history shows. But that is for a tribunal to decide.”
— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) September 30, 2016
The search for a replacement for Allardyce goes on, and Glenn has admitted that Arsene Wenger is under consideration.
“Of course he’d fit the criteria perfectly," Glenn said.
“If you look at the track record of success at international level, managers are usually older — that’s a fact.”
Arsenal boss Wenger was today asked about the job, and revealed he will not rule it out.
“If one day I am free, why not?" he said.
“At the moment I am completely committed to Arsenal and what we want to achieve together until the end of the season.
“But I rule nothing out because I want to work and I still have a passion for the game."
He added: “I know God Save The Queen and now when I come back to London I feel I come back home.
“You do not spend 20 years in a country without getting used to the values.”
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