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The English Football Association has confirmed that all relevant material from the Daily Telegraph's undercover operation into football corruption has now been shared with City of London police.

A number of allegations arose last week as a result of the sting, covertly filmed by Daily Telegraph journalists - the most damaging of which resulted in Sam Allardyce leaving his position as England manager after just 67 days in charge.

Allardyce was shown negotiating lucrative speaking engagements in the Far East as well as making indiscreet and damaging remarks about a range of issues including third-party ownership.

Barnsley sacked assistant manager Tommy Wright after reports he took a PS5,000 bung from reporters posing as agents - an accusation Wright denies.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino, QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Southampton assistant Eric Black have also faced separate accusations they also deny.

The FA has been waiting to see the material collected by the national newspaper and confirmed on Thursday evening that police have now viewed all relevant information, and said it would not have access to it until the police matter is concluded.

"The FA today [Thursday 6 October] met with City of London police," a statement on read.

"The police confirmed that the Daily Telegraph has now shared all relevant materials with the police alone and that a review has begun to assess any potential criminal activity.

"The FA awaits an update on this review at the earliest opportunity and will not be able to access the materials while this process is continuing.

"At the appropriate point, we are keen to ensure the releasing of materials from the Daily Telegraph is expedited in line with our repeated request for full disclosure."

England play their first game since Allardyce's departure when they welcome Malta to Wembley on Saturday for a World Cup qualifier, with former under-21 boss Gareth Southgate in charge on a temporary basis.

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