Bungbusted! - Stevens report will name and shame agents


Last updated at 10:00 14 June 2007

Eight football agents are set to be named and shamed by the Premier League — and for the first time the 17 suspicious transfers identified by Lord Stevens’ 15-month bung inquiry will be made public.

The report will name the middle men who have

failed to co-operate with — or have been caught out by — the investigators.

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Lord Stevens

Also revealed will be the

transfers the probe team cannot sign off for a

variety of reasons, including serious breaches of the rules.

The Stevens-led

Quest inquiry has cost around

£1.3million, and the Premier

League and FA have agreed

that his investigative unit will

now be given full authority to

continue to conduct random

audits on transfers at regular


Stevens had wanted to go

further, with his operators

effectively becoming a clearing

house for transfers, but the FA

have rejected that, preferring

to use their own beleaguered

compliance unit.

The inquiry seems to have

made little progress since last

December, when Stevens

announced that exactly the

same number of agents and

transfers — out of the total of

362 from the Premiership

between January 1 2004 and

January 31 2006 — were under


At least they are

now being made public.

The former Metropolitan Police

chief passed evidence from his

findings at the end of 2006 to

police, customs officers and the

Inland Revenue, but the only

sign of any further action from

them has been the arrest by the

City of London police of an

unnamed 61-year-old from

Manchester, who has minimal

links with football.

‘Nearly all’ the 17 transfers,

according to Stevens last

December, concern players

who have been transferred

abroad and involve moneytrails

to the Continent.

The interim report cleared all

managers, clubs and officials

from any wrongdoing, but the

list of transfers will at least

reveal which clubs occupied

the Stevens team the most.

The report has been with the

Premiership since before the

end of the season, but PL chief

executive Richard Scudamore

has been preoccupied over the

last few weeks with the furore

surrounding West Ham’s

survival in the Premiership at

the expense of Sheffield United.

He may, however, decide to

make Stevens’ findings public

today, the same day that the

Premiership publish their

fixtures for the new season.

That would be seen by some as

attempting to bury some

negative news.

The inquiry came about at

Scudamore’s initiative after

ex-England coach Sven Goran

Eriksson’s claims of bungtaking

in the Premiership when

being duped by the News of the

World in the ‘fake sheik’ sting.

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