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Bolton manager Sam Allardyce has denied the allegations of corruption levelled at him during Tuesday’s Panorama programme.

The programme showed two agents claiming they had made illegal payments to Allardyce.

“Obviously I’m denying all allegations that have been alleged against me. The matter’s in the lawyers’ hands and will be resolved by due process,” he said.

“I have instructed my lawyers to take the appropriate action.”

“I am very angry at the lies told about me. The individuals who appeared in the programme making accusations against me have already confirmed in writing to my lawyers they lied to the BBC.

“They lied in the hope of being able to make millions offered by the BBC reporter to buy their sports agency business.

“Those individuals never thought their lies would be exposed in the way they have been and have apologised to me.

“As a result of their greed, my good name has been tarnished by deceit and innuendo.”

Allardyce’s son Craig was filmed claiming he could get access to his father to do deals for Bolton, and was accused by the programme of receiving secret payments

The Bolton boss added: “As a father, of course, it is painful to watch your son talk tall and exaggerate his influence for financial gain.

“If there is any real evidence – and there won’t be, as I am utterly innocent of any wrongdoing – I would expect the BBC to give that evidence to both the FA and the (Premier League’s) Quest inquiry.”

The FA has asked for the programme makers to pass on any evidence.

“These are serious allegations which have been made by Panorama and we are determined to investigate them fully,” said FA chief executive Brian Barwick.

“It is vital for the integrity of the game and for every football supporter that we do this.”

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