John Fashanu will still be given the chance to manage a TV football team despite tabloid allegations that he was involved in match-fixing, write Paul Revoir and Rosemary Gallagher

John Fashanu will still be given the chance to manage a TV football team despite tabloid allegations that he was involved in match-fixing, write Paul Revoir and Rosemary Gallagher

The 77-part reality series, Fash's Football Challenge, is Bravo's biggest ever commission and is being made by indie Zig Zag. It will go ahead this October, despite a News of the World report claiming the ex-Wimbledon striker offered to fix a friendly football fixture.

The show, ordered by Bravo director of programming Richard Woolfe, will track the fortunes of a Sunday league team put together by the channel and managed by Fashanu.

But Granada has withdrawn an invitation for John Fashanu to appear on a new show called Celebrities Under Pressure.

The former Wimbledon striker has been "de-booked" from the Melanie Sykes-fronted show which is due to air on ITV1 in the autumn.

Fashanu, who has been in demand since starring in I'm a Celebrity - Get Me Out of Here, has been called in to see Granada controller of entertainment Nigel Hall to discuss whether he plans to defend the paper's claims.

Granada's controversial new series, Man Versus Beast, will be fronted by Fashanu this autumn and has already been recorded.