Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
EPL, FA Powerless Over Foreign Agents in Bungs Inquiry
The Independent, December 22nd, 2006 3:42PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

For the English Football Association, one of the main problems with the bungs inquiry is that many of the agents in question don't actually fall under its jurisdiction. Many of the world's biggest stars have agents who come from places like France and Israel. How do you reign in a problem when you have no jurisdiction over the perpetrators? You need global cooperation, which is exactly what the FA seeks. The Association of Football Agents is urging its members to open their books to the investigation. As one said: "Common sense would dictate that those agents who have nothing to hide would help." Even so, the English soccer association is asking eight agents who failed to cooperate with the bribery inquiry conducted by investigator Lord Stevens to open their books, or risk having their licenses revoked. One of them is Willie McKay, an agent whose clients include Manchester City's Joey Barton and Tottenham's Pascal Chimbonda, but later Friday Stevens was expected to deliver details of more than 17 Premier League transfers to EPL chief executive Richard Scudmore. Scudmore will pass that information onto the English Football Association, and then to FIFA, soccer's world governing body. The idea, the EPL executive says, is to put so much pressure on the little guys that they come forward and divulge information about how widespread the bungs problem actually is in England. But without foreign cooperation, there isn't much they can do. McKay, for example, is registered as an agent in Scotland, so the Scottish Football Association would have to agree to force him to cooperate. Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Sporting Demands UCL Replay     
Sporting Lisbon has lodged a formal complaint with UEFA demanding a replay of its UEFA Champions ...
FIFA Rankings: USA Falls to 23rd    
Jurgen Klinsmann's USA fell six places to 23rd in FIFA's international rankings following a pair of ...
Diego Costa Released from the Hospital     
Chelsea is expected to be without striker Diego Costa when the Blues visit Manchester United at ...
Reports: Ibra Suffers Injury Setback     
Reports in Sweden claim that Zlatan Ibrahimovic could require surgery on the heel injury that has ...
FIFA Backs Clasico Pause for Messi's Record     
Lionel Messi heads into Saturday's game against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu just one goal short ...
Allegri: Juve Can Still Qualify    
Massimiliano Allegri believes Juventus still has a good chance of qualifying for the Round of 16 ...
Mertesacker: Gunners Lack Confidence    
In a candid interview, Arsenal center-back Per Mertesacker admits that the Gunners are low on confidence ...
Rodgers: Why Always Balotelli?     
Once again, it was all about Mario Balotelli, as Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers fielded a barrage ...
Report: Demand Amps Up Ahead of El Clasico    
This Saturday's Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, which regularly draws hundreds of millions of viewers ...
Ferguson: Moyes Didn't Inherit Declining Man United    
Alex Ferguson has updated his book My Autobiography to include a section about the short reign ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives