At Southwark Crown Court on Thursday, jurors heard how Pagliara bribed former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson with a gold Rolex watch, valued at 30,000 pounds, to fix a Champions League Match vs Juventus.
Pagliara was earlier arrested in 2005 on suspicion of fixing a Serie B match between Genoa and Venecia. Him alongside Tommy Wright, the former assistant head coach at Barnsley FC, and football agent Dax Price are currently on trial for bribery.
The prosecutor, Brian O’Neill QC said that the three had been caught after The Telegraph had conducted extensive investigations to expose all the corruptions that had taken place in English Football in 2016.
“Pagliara accused Alex Ferguson as having taken money as part of transfer deals saying he would only work with agents used to sharing money with him. He claimed he had paid Ferguson before,” explained Brian O’Neill.
O’Neill went on to elaborate that over several text messages and emails, Pagliara and Price proposed an idea which would see them become player agents and place players at appropriate clubs.
Wright, the third person on the trial was accused of accepting a £5,000 bribe to leak commercial information about his club’s players. The trial is now set to continue.