Time will tell what comes of allegations

PUBLISHED: 16:25 23 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:40 14 September 2010

It's been quite a week for football. We've witnessed various managerial comings and goings (most of them in the Championship), a number of midweek cup shocks and the apparent talking point of the year - Tuesday's BBC Panorama programme concerning the possible corruption in the game.

It's been quite a week for football.

We've witnessed various managerial comings and goings (most of them in the Championship), a number of midweek cup shocks and the apparent talking point of the year - Tuesday's BBC Panorama programme concerning the possible corruption in the game.

Closer to home, Ian Henderson was on the wrong end of a tackle which has put him out for eight weeks (all the best for a quick recovery, Ian), the Jarvis brothers made history by starting a game together, big Dion returned to Carrow Road after an 18-year exile, and perhaps most surprising of all we made the hat for the third round of the League Cup.

Deep breath... and back to the bungs.

Once again, the spectre of potential dodgy and underhand dealings leaves us questioning the integrity of some of those involved in our sport.

My Nan used to tell me that 'money is the root of all evil, son'; I could hardly disagree with her.

There is little doubt that the opportunities to benefit from dark, dishonest arrangements are too tempting for some.

While the allegations made in the week by Panorama remain unproven at this time, I think we would all be a little naive to think every deal is done by the book.

Football is for anyone and everyone, surely a big reason why it's remained as this country's top game.

Imperfections and quirkiness are what give its priceless enchanting quality.

We all love a Cloughie or a Tommy Docherty, a Bruce Grobbelaar penalty wobble or a Bryan Gunn leap at a crossbar.

But let's not get confused between this element of fun and uniqueness and the greedy, self-centred corruption Panorama is talking about.

Tap ups, bungs and brown envelopes are not, and have never been, welcome in our game.

We all know they exist; the farcical happenings in Italy over the summer are testament to that.

Time will tell what materialises from Tuesday's programme now that the lid has been lifted off a potentially very damaging can of worms.

Any wrong-doing benefits only the protagonists involved and I'm sure the clubs, the FA and the police will deal with anyone found culpable.

Capital Canaries hosts a book signing for Gunny this Thursday in London. No bungs accepted.

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