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EPL, FA Powerless Over Foreign Agents in Bungs Inquiry
The Independent, December 22nd, 2006 3:42PM

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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...


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