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Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Massimo Cellino named in corruption investigation

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Current manager of Queens Park Rangers, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, is the latest big name to become embroiled in the Daily Telegraph's investigation into corruption in football.

Hasselbaink is named, along with Barnsley assistant manager Tommy Wright and Leeds owner Massimo Cellino as culprits in the study. They were all filmed in meetings with undercover journalists and the results are so serious a full-scale inquiry into the subject of corruption could be on the way.

The QPR boss met a fake firm based in the Far East to negotiate a deal worth £55,000 which would involve Hasselbaink signing players owned by those particular investors.

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It was a concept the ex-Chelsea striker appeared open to considering and told the undercover reporters: “Give me a ----ing player. A good player.”

Hasselbaink and QPR have both issued statements in response to the article, where the manager has denied 'any wrongdoing'.

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Meanwhile, Wright's actions are arguably the most shocking.

The 50-year-old, who has been Paul Heckingbottom's assistant since February 2015, is again filmed meeting the same fake firm as Hasselbaink but accepts a £5,000 cash 'bung' for agreeing to help them profit from future transfers involving Barnsley.

As part of the deal, Wright would help the agent sign up Barnsley players and encourage the club to sign other clients represented by the firm.

Barnsley have released a statement confirming that they have suspended Wright after the Telegraph made them aware of their investigation findings before publishing the revelations.

Leeds owner Cellino fell into a similar trap to that of Sam Allardyce as he was caught discussing ways his club could get around Football Association rules on third-party ownership of players.

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In the video, Cellino, formerly also the chairman at Cagliari, mocked the English accent and claimed it has the 'worst culture in the world'.

Cellino is not a particularly popular person at Elland Road anyway but these findings are likely to bring a swifter end to his ownership.

Allardyce has already lost his job as a result of the Telegraph's investigation but it is pretty safe to say he will not be the last after Wednesday night's fresh discoveries.

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