Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi is no stranger to grabbing the headlines, and comments from him published by The Sun today have certainly caught attention.
The Kuwaiti tycoon has hit out at British managers in football and alleged that corruption is widespread following incidents that cost Sam Allardyce his position as England manager not too long ago.
Hasawi’s comments were made back in March to a Kuwait TV station, where he initially stated he needed to be wary of his comments before launching an astonishing tirade anyway.
“[The] problem is we are on TV and everybody can see us and translate what I am saying. The British coaches are good but all of them take under the table a lot. All of them are brokers.”
Coming six months before the tabloid sting that uncovered Allardyce’s antics, it raises further question regarding the credibility of the English game and whether there are regular ‘under the table’ payments that could push the game into further controversy.
The EFL have been made aware of the comments and issued a statement, which read:
“We will be sourcing an independent translation of the statement made in the video clip and once we fully understand what has been said and in what context, we will determine what course of action needs to be taken, if any.”
It’s certainly unlikely to be the last we hear of this.