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Soccer aces ‘tried to bribe Football Manager creators to boost skill ratings’

SOCCER aces have tried to bribe the creators of Football Manager to boost their skill ratings, it has been claimed.

The computer games’ director Miles Jacobson said some agents have offered cash bungs in return for an improvement in clients’ “abilities”.

Miles said: “I've had agents that have tried to bribe me to put stuff up, and the ones that have asked me that know to never ask me that again.

"Because, I'm not one for bribing."

The Sports Interactive game already has a reputation among players for helping unearth new talent after some managers admitted to using it to scout for new stars.

Former Chelsea and Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted to using the game to find players while working as a scout for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea.

And Everton FC has used the game since 2008. admit to using the game to find players while he himself was a Chelsea scout in the first Mourinho era.

The FM database represents real-world footballers with around 250 statistics which cover a variety of aspects including pace, strength, shooting, tackling and creativity and leadership.

The stats are compiled by 1,000 researchers around the world and are then refined before being inputted into the database.

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