Wednesday, October 04, 2006

England FA charges, suspends, fines player agents

English football player agent Charles Collymore has been charged with a breach of Football Association rules and another agent Saif Rubie has had his licence suspended, Reuters reported. A third agent, Ian Elliott, has been warned about his future conduct in a series of disciplinary decisions announced by the FA on its website. The moves come a day after a Premier League inquiry into allegations of corruption by agents, managers and clubs delivered its interim report, calling for more time to investigate 39 transfers that needed further scrutiny.

Collymore had been charged for allegedly touting Luton Town player Enoch Showunmi to Millwall without Luton's knowledge or consent. He has also been charged with a rule breach by allegedly representing Showunmi without a written representation contract or that he allegedly did not lodge such a contract with the FA. Collymore has until 17 October to reply to the charges. Part of the evidence against him has been provided by Luton manager Mike Newell, the FA said, adding that Newell had made a further claim which they are also investigating. Rubie was fined £600 and charged with failing to provide information on request, a breach of FA rules.

See also: English corruption inquiry needs two months more (3 Oct)

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