» Recent Work » IPSO upholds Telegraph’s undercover investigation into Sam Allardyce

IPSO upholds Telegraph’s undercover investigation into Sam Allardyce

IPSO has ruled that the Telegraph’s investigation into Allardyce did not breach clause 10 of the Editors’ Code in relation to Clandestine devices and subterfuge. It held that the subterfuge was justified on the basis that it was a “productive and proportionate” way to investigate the types of commercial relationships Allardyce was willing to consider and the findings “could reasonably be considered to demonstrate sufficiently serious impropriety” to justify publication.

Allardyce resigned as England’s manager following the coverage.

He made 25 complaints of which 3 were upheld in relation to inaccuracy. Allardyce’s primary complaint of inaccuracy – that he was falsely accused of corruption – was rejected on the basis that the articles did not convey such a meaning,

I provided advice to the Telegraph in relation to the complaint.

IPSO decision