Carlisle United assistant manager pleads not guilty to bribery charges

Three men, including Carlisle United Assistant Manager Tommy Wright, have pleaded not guilty to bribery offences.

Blues assistant Tommy Wright pleads not guilty to bribery charges Credit: Carlisle United

Wright, 52, whose address was given as Dark Lane, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, denied two counts of accepting a bribe between April and September 2016 in contravention of sections two and 11 of the Bribery Act 2010, when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Italian Giuseppe Pagliara, 62, of East Drive, Bury, Greater Manchester, and Dax Price, 47, of Susans Lane, Sittingbourne, Kent, pleaded not guilty to two counts of paying and facilitating a bribe.

All three men were granted unconditional bail after a brief hearing and will appear at London's Southwark Crown Court on October 22.

They were charged last month after a Daily Telegraph investigation into English football and the activities of players' agents.