Stevens names illegal Premiership transfers

28 Apr 2008

By: Sport Industry Group

Lord Stevens, the man leading the investigation into alleged illegal payments in FA Premier League transfers, has named seventeen transfers involving five clubs as having breached regulations.

The five clubs found to have been in breach of the league’s rules on transfer payments are Chelsea, Newcastle, Bolton, Portsmouth and Middlesbrough.

The Football Association will now decide how to move forward in terms of punishment for these clubs although it is thought that Newcastle and Bolton are viewed as the most serious offenders.

Releasing the exact details of his inquiry Stevens has also expressed concern about conflicts of interest between 15 agents and two managers, namely Sam Allardyce and Graeme Souness.

Of the 17 transfers, four relate to Newcastle signings (Emre Belozoglu, Jean Alain Boumsong, Amady Faye, Albert Luque), four to Bolton (Ali Al-Habsi, Tal Ben Haim, Blessing Kaku, Julio Correia), three to Chelsea (Didier Drogba, Petr Cech, Michael Essien), three to Portsmouth (Collins Mbesuma, Benjani Mwaruwari, Aliou Cisse) and two to Middlesbrough (Aiyegbeni Yakubu and Fabio Rochemback) while one transfer has not been disclosed.

Lord Stevens said in a statement: ‘Many lessons have been learned and strict adherence to and enforcement of the recommendations should ensure that the game and the transfer market can proceed in an untainted and transparent manner.’

An FA spokesman said: ‘Following the final report of the Premier League's Quest Inquiry, the FA will give full consideration to its contents and the documentation that is due to be passed on by the Premier League and Quest.

‘The FA has provided full co-operation and support to the Premier League and Quest and will now go through their information as part of our governance and regulation process. This will determine what action is required.’