Sam Allardyce lost his job as manager of the England football team after being caught in a media sting.
Read the story as the Daily Telegraph broke it, here
Afterwards, Allardyce was shocked and depressed, he told a regional newspaper, here
Was the paper’s secret filming, at a fake business meeting, justified? The Conversation called it the latest chapter in a new era of investigative reporting. Read its piece here
Guardian media blogger Roy Greenslade said the story uncovered a matter of public interest and could not have been obtained any other way. It was not a “fishing expedition.” Read his short piece here
In September 2017, it emerged that Allardyce was considering suing the Football Association for wrongful dismissal. Read more
Here’s an article from the Law In Sport blog about the Allardyce affair and the principles surrounding sting operations.
The article points out that law courts can reject evidence obtained by police in sting operations, partly on human rights grounds (privacy) and partly because those employed to uphold the law should not break the law in the process. But courts treat media stings differently: