Black innocent says agent

Black innocent says agent

Southampton assistant Eric Black is innocent despite being caught up in the ongoing 'Football for Sale' scandal, an agent has claimed.

Black, who remains in his job at Southampton, was filmed at a hotel by the Daily Telegraph newspaper during a meeting as part of an undercover sting.

The report claimed Black had given the undercover journalists advice on how to bribe officials at other clubs, but the football agent at the centre of the scandal, Scott McGarvey, says Black and all those involved are innocent and were entrapped with a "capital E".

"Capital E. Absolutely. One hundred per cent," McGarvey said, as reported by the Daily Echo. "This is not Monday to Friday. This is 13 weeks of dozens of emails, hundreds of texts, hundreds of calls and bringing more than seven or eight innocent people into this story."

Saints have said they will investigate the situation and Black has issued a statement saying the suggestion he was complicit "in such discussions is false".

The scandal has so far seen Sam Allardyce leave his role as England manager and Tommy Wright axed as Barnsley assistant.