British newspaper The Daily Telegraph has published claims made by three agents that eight current or recent Premier League managers have received illegal payments in relation to transfers.
The report has prompted a joint response from English football’s controlling bodies, who have insisted legal action will be sought from the authorities if evidence of wrongdoing is uncovered.
“English football takes the governance of the game extremely seriously with integrity being of paramount importance,” the organisations said in a statement.
“Any substantive allegations will be investigated with the full force of the rules at our disposal, which are wide-ranging and well-developed.
“In addition, should we find any evidence of criminality, we would inform and seek the support of the appropriate statutory authorities.”