Premier League set to hear Stevens report

23 Apr 2008

By: Sport Industry Group

Lord Stevens’ report into corruption in football transfers among top flight clubs is expected to be presented internally to a three-man Premier League committee this week.

The report, which is expected to identify clubs and agents accused of taking bungs in football transfers, will initially be reviewed by the committee who will then decide whether any disciplinary proceedings will be taken.

Only should such action be taken will the identities of those alleged to have breached transfer rules be made public. At this point, the Football Association may also be informed of the findings to take any action it feels is relevant.

Former police commissioner Stevens gave an update of his inquiry to club chairmen on 2 October when he revealed his preliminary findings of 362 transfers between 1 January 2004 and 31 January 2006.

In this update, Stevens stated that he had found that 39 deals had to be further investigated and that they involved eight of the 29 clubs that had been part of the top-flight during the span of his inquiries.