A FORMER assistant manager of Barnsley Football Club who was found guilty of accepting a £5,000 bung from an undercover newspaper reporter to leak information has been charged with breaching FA rules.
Tommy Wright received the pay-off after the reporter set up a meeting with two agents - Dax Price and Gino Pagliara - during the Daily Telegraph’s ‘Football For Sale’ sting in 2016, which also led to the downfall of then-England boss Sam Allardyce.
In return, Wright revealed commercial information about the Reds’ players, encouraged them to appoint Price and Pagliara as their agents and agreed to facilitate transfers at the club.
Wright, of Dark Lane, Barnsley, denied any wrongdoing but was convicted of two charges of receiving or accepting a bribe in contravention of the Bribery Act 2000 at Southwark Crown Court last year.
He was given a 12-month prison term, which was suspended for 12 months, but was charged yesterday for breaching Football Association (FA) regulations in relation to misconduct during his time at Oakwell.
An FA spokesperson said: “Tommy Wright has been charged with two breaches of FA rule E3 in respect of his conduct while at Barnsley FC.
“It is alleged Mr Wright’s actions amounted to misconduct in respect of his two convictions for requesting, agreeing to receive or accepting a financial or other advantage, contrary to section two of the Bribery Act 2010.
“Dax Price, a former registered intermediary, has also been charged with two breaches of FA rule E3.
“It is alleged that his actions amounted to misconduct in respect of his two convictions for offering, promising or giving a financial or other advantage to another person, contrary to section one of the Bribery Act 2010.
“Both Tommy Wright and Dax Price have until May 19 to provide their respective responses.”
Wright, 55, was the Reds’ assistant manager under Paul Heckingbottom and is currently the caretaker boss of League One side Swindon Town.