The BBC have begun the process of handing over to the Football Association evidence collected by the Panorama investigation into corruption within the game.

The Panorama programme made allegations against a number of people in football, including that Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce and his son Craig, a former agent, received illegal payments.

There were also accusations about agents touting players and that club officials, including Portsmouth boss Harry Red-knapp and Chelsea's sporting director Frank Arnesen, were involved in unauthorised approaches for players.

An FA spokesman said last night: "We have started to receive some of the information from the BBC and we will now begin the process of studying it."

Lord Stevens, who this week announced that his inquiry will target 39 transfers involving eight Premier League clubs, will be sent any significant evidence from the Panorama team.

Meanwhile, sports minister Richard Caborn believes the bungs controversies show the urgent need for football to reform its practices.

Caborn has welcomed Stevens' ongoing inquiry into illegal payments but says this only deals with the symptoms, rather than the underlying causes of the problems.

The minister is pressing for the FA to introduce reforms to their structure urged by Lord Burns' report last year, and for the game to bring in greater transparency and tighter regulations at a European level.

Caborn said: "I am right behind Lord Stevens' inquiry but in the longer term we need to focus on the cause rather than the symptoms of this problem.

"That is why we are trying to make changes to the regulations through the European Football Review and that is why it is important for the recommendations contained in the Burns report to be implemented."

The FA council are still considering their final decision on the Burns report, which includes calls for two independent non-executive directors to be included on the FA board.