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Fifa has confirmed that it is monitoring the allegations of corruption in English football and admitted that the affair was not good for the image of the game.

The BBC Panorama programme provided evidence of corruption and rule-breaking by managers and agents, prompting the English FA to investigate the issues raised.

Fifa spokesman Markus Siegler said that Fifa was aware of the allegations.

“We are informed about what has been brought forward,” Siegler told Reuters.

“Of course, we must be careful and we must apply the principle of innocent unless proven guilty.

“That’s very important. But of course, when something like that comes up, this is not good for football.

“If it’s true, if the evidence is proven, this is certainly not what we want.”

Under Fifa’s current rules, the matter should be dealt with by the English FA. However, Siegler indicated this could change.

“According to existing regulations, as far as agents are concerned, the FA’s in charge … even if they are called FIFA players’ agents, the tests and the responsibility are with the respective national associations,” he said.

“But the regulation is under revision, as part of the work of the Task Force ‘For the Good of the Game’.

“So it might be that in the future, FIFA will have a more direct role in that.

“We expect that concrete proposals from the working groups will be presented to the executive committee at its meeting in December.”

Asked if the FIFA were monitoring the FA’s inquiries, Siegler replied: “Sure. The FA is charged with dealing with the matter and of course there is a communication line between the FA and FIFA. They will inform us of developments.

“We cannot close our eyes and we do not want to close our eyes.

“But the FA, like the other members of FIFA, have their statutes and various regulations. They must all be in line with FIFA, but basically a national association is in charge, to run football in its country.”

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