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Cloughie charged.

Brian Clough was sensationally charged yesterday in football's latest bung scandal.

The Nottingham Forest legend was accused by the English FA of accepting transfer back- handers during his reign as manager.

Forest have also been charged with making illegal payments after a four- year Premiership bung inquiry.

If found guilty, the club could be fined, have points deducted or even be RELEGATED from the First Division. Clough was charged along with his Forest No.2 Ronnie Fenton and former Arsenal chief scout Steve Burtenshaw.

It is claimed Clough made cash payments in brown envelopes to players as inducements to win matches and received bungs from two deals involving non- league Leicester United. Forest, who bear the responsibility for the alleged corruption, will fight against any savage punitive action by the FA.

Tottenham, Swindon and Peterborough were dealt with severely for similar offences.

Last night Ian Clough, the former manager's nephew, said the family were appalled at the FA "slurs".

He said: "Brian loved football and gave his life to the game but he was treated badly by a lot of people higher up in the sport.

"They never cared about him because he was never afraid of giving his views, saying things some people didn't want to hear."

During the court case involving Alan Sugar and Terry Venables in 1993 it was claimed Clough "liked a bung". He denied it.

The latest bombshell comes two and a half years after George Graham, then boss of Arsenal, was given a 12-month worldwide ban for taking bungs.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Harris, Harry
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 23, 1998
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