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McClaren's Agent: 'Majority' are Corrupt
The Independent, September 28th, 2006 4:21PM

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Some people just don't think the "bung" scandal that has recently enveloped English soccer is all that surprising. Bungs are kickbacks, and Collin Gordon, close friend and agent of England manager Steve McClaren, says managers and agents take them all the time. Gordon called England "the dirty man of Europe" when it came to transfer deals, saying profits were often taken off the top of transfer by agents in addition to their fees. Gordon himself admitted to once being offered "a suitcase full of money" to facilitate a deal involving an international player. His company Key Sports also represents Arsenal's Theo Walcott, Portsmouth's David James and Watford manager Aidy Boothroyd. Following his comments, Gordon will surely be asked to contribute to the widespread investigation into the matter by England's Football Association. Gordon was sure to point out that his comments had nothing to do with Steve McClaren. "Are agents corrupt? Not all, but the majority," Gordon said in an interview with the Wolverhampton Express and Star. "It's accepted abroad. We pretend we are holier than thou but I've spoken to people over there and the English game is considered 'the dirty man of Europe.' We are the worst ­ it shouldn't be accepted." Gordon added that the fraud was a "very, very sophisticated business" and that it was doubtful the inquiry would be able to uncover the truth. "The Football League trumpets about how the agents' fees are dropping but that is not where the corruption is, he said. "The corruption is in the transfer fees. That's where money goes missing." Read the original story...


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