Wales manager Chris Coleman believes that anyone found guilty of corruption in football should be banned from the game for life.
With the recent reports from the Telegraph about corruption in English football, and the dismissal of England manager Sam Allardyce and Barnsley assistant head coach Tommy Wright, Coleman is calling for strict punishment for people inside football that are found guilty of corruption.
“It’s naive of anyone to think there is no corruption in football because it’s everywhere,” Coleman said. “It’s not about class or how much you earn. We’ve seen it in governments and all other sports, whether it’s drug-taking in athletics, cycling or gymnastics. Now it’s bungs in football and we’ve seen the stuff at Fifa.
“It’s sad but I have zero respect for anyone caught because it is people stealing money. If anyone is caught, then they should be removed from the game permanently and that’s it, goodnight. If you earn £50,000 a year, that’s a good salary to the man in the street. If you’re earning £50,000 a week then why are you after more? It’s just greed and dishonesty.”
Coleman believes that the dishonesty of a few people, puts all of football in a bad light and that the people that are found guilty should be banned from the game for life.
“Unfortunately we are all tarred with the same brush,” Coleman said. “We are all involved in an industry where there is corruption from the very top. But what are we going to do about it if someone is caught? Will it just be a rap of the knuckles or will they be banished?
“If there is evidence against someone and they are found guilty, then get rid of them from the game and they should never be allowed back. When you look at the latest things being said, it’s not nice and it’s not good for the game. I’ve never taken a bung and I’ve never been approached to take one. I can’t say I know anyone who has, but there is rarely smoke without fire.”