Tommy Wright and Dax Price: The Football Association bans the pair after corruption convictions

Tommy Wright was caretaker manager of Swindon Town for the last four games of last season

Former Barnsley and Swindon manager Tommy Wright and football agent Dax Price have received Football Association bans after being convicted of corruption offences.

Wright, 55, has been banned from all soccer and football-related activities, except coaching, for six years.

Price, 50, was banned from all gaming activity for nine years by an independent FA regulatory commission.

The price was also ordered to pay £1,000 in costs by the commission,external link both bans being slightly backdated, having come into effect on November 16, 2021.

Wright finished last season as a goalkeeper at Swindon, managing the final four games of the season as Robins were relegated from League One.

While he remains licensed to coach, Wright “may not engage in any activity involving intermediaries, transfer-related matters or related decisions or advise any party on such matters.”

Furthermore, “he must not play any role in matters relating to a player’s joining or leaving a club or his contracts, in the management of a club or its financial dealings”.

The case was taken to court after an undercover investigation by the Daily Telegraph in September 2016.

During the trial, the court heard that Wright was given an envelope containing £5,000 in cash by the newspaper’s undercover reporter Claire Newell to leak commercial information about the club’s players while he was assistant head coach at Barnsley.

The lawsuit heard that some of the players were encouraged to register with Price and another agent Giuseppe Pagliara, who both broke football rules by acting as ‘third party’ player owners in the goal to profit from their sale to other clubs.

Wright was found guilty of two counts of accepting a bribe in breach of the Bribery Act 2000 on December 16, 2019 at Southwark Crown Court, while Price was found guilty of two counts of offering or promising a bribe in the same trial.

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