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Wenger: Allardyce deserves opportunity to clear his name

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The Arsenal manager is a big fan of the rule of law, it sounds like.

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In case you missed this yesterday, England manager Sam Allardyce is in a bit of hot water. A Telegraph investigation revealed that Allardyce used his position as chief of the England team to negotiate a £400,000 deal with a group of “investors” (who turned out to be the undercover investigators), and also gave advice on getting around the FA’s rules against third-party ownership of players. All in all, not a great look.

Whether or not one thinks that’s enough to get the sack, I’ll agree with Arsène Wenger’s take on the matter: Allardyce should probably be heard from before passing judgement. "You have to let Sam Allardyce defend himself and I just hope he will clear his name," said Wenger, and that makes a fair amount of sense.

Of course, more allegations could be coming down the pike, and if so, that may be harder to defend.

I think I speak for all of us when I say “please let Jose Mourinho be involved in this.”