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Paul Stretford has been fined £300,000 and banned from working as a football agent for 18 months by a disciplinary commission, the Football Association has announced.


The independent regulatory commission's sanctions follow charges brought by the FA against Stretford, who represents Wayne Rooney, relating to how he acquired the right to represent the England striker in 2002.

The charges were also for improper conduct in relation to Stretford "making of false and/or misleading witness statements to police and giving false and/or misleading testimony to Warrington Crown Court" in a case about the circumstances of how he came to represent the England striker.

The ban will not come into force until after any appeal or move to go to arbitration by Stretford. The second nine months of the suspension will not be invoked if he is found to have not broken any other regulations.

Lengthy battle
Stretford has fought a long legal battle against the FA over whether they had the jurisdiction to charge him, and then whether he could go to an arbitration panel before a disciplinary hearing had dealt with the case.

The commission ruled as "proved" seven of nine charges brought by the FA against Stretford for breaches of the FIFA players' agent regulations.

The charges included failing to protect Rooney's interests and failing to respect the rights of third parties.

An FA statement read: "The commission found that Mr Stretford did encourage Mr Rooney and his parents to enter into a representation agreement with Proactive Sports Management Limited on July 17 2002 although he knew Mr Rooney was still then under contract with Pro-Form Sports Management Limited."

A charge of enticing Rooney away from his previous agent was not proven.

In relation to the Warrington Crown Court case, the commission found proven two improper conduct charges .

The statement added: "The commission found that Mr Stretford had made a misleading witness statement and had given untruthful evidence in court in criminal proceedings in Warrington Crown Court, particularly in relation to the existence, dates and nature of those representation agreements dated July 17 2002 and September 19 2002."

A further charge of entering into a representation contract with Rooney for eight years - six years longer than the two-year limit for written contracts between agents and their clients - was also proved.

Two other charges of failing to lodge representation contracts with the FA were also proved, but a third was not.


http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11667_3797964,00.html
 

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I did hear about his agent being a bit dodgy actually.

But seriously, the majority of agents nowadays are poor. They only look after their own interests, and don't care about their clients.

I think a lot of players also listen to their agents too much.

You've got to wonder whether players would be better WITHOUT agents.
 

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Yeah Agents are *****. (should I remove it ?)

These people just use footballer's careers for their own benefits ....

Money ! Thats all ! They care about.

Got what he deserves is what i say....

Yes , players would be better without agents.



No, i will. NO letters.
 

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manutd004 said:
I did hear about his agent being a bit dodgy actually.

But seriously, the majority of agents nowadays are poor. They only look after their own interests, and don't care about their clients.

I think a lot of players also listen to their agents too much.

You've got to wonder whether players would be better WITHOUT agents.
Agreed. Less would look for big deal offers and contracts.

Roy Keane never had one, and he turned out to be a decent player :rolleyes:
 
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Agreed. Less would look for big deal offers and contracts.

Roy Keane never had one, and he turned out to be a decent player :rolleyes:
He had a deal with the club that stated no player could ever earn more than him. :rolleyes:
 

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Why is this in Man Utd chat??!!?!?

Anyway, look at Paul Stretford



You can;t look like that and NOT be guilty.


Rooney agent: It's a travesty

Wayne Rooney's agent Paul Stretford has called his £300,000 fine and 18-month ban "a travesty" after he was punished for breaking regulations.

Stretford will appeal against the sanctions imposed by a disciplinary commission after the agent was charged by the Football Association relating to how he acquired the right to represent Rooney in 2002.

Stretford, founder of Proactive Sports Management which became the Formation Group four years ago, was found guilty of seven out of nine charges.

The commission ruled Stretford "muscled in" to persuade Rooney to breach his representation contract with previous agents Pro-Form but a charge he had enticed the player to do so was not proven.

Some of the charges were for improper conduct, in relation to Stretford "making of false and/or misleading witness statements to police and giving false and/or misleading testimony to Warrington Crown Court" about the circumstances of how he came to represent Rooney.

The ban will not come into force until after any appeal or move to go to arbitration by Stretford. The second nine months of the suspension will not be invoked so long as he is not found to have not broken any other regulations.

Stretford said: "I believe the verdicts of the disciplinary panel against me are a travesty of the facts heard by its members during the hearing.

"I will be lodging an immediate appeal against the verdicts and continue to maintain my complete innocence of the charges brought against me.

"These charges came about as a result of my appearance at a criminal trial as a witness for the prosecution against men accused of blackmailing me with menaces.

"In pursuing their case against me, the FA seems almost wilfully to have cast me as the accused in the trial rather than a prosecution witness acting properly in the interests of justice."

The independent regulatory commission ruled as "proved" seven of nine charges brought by the FA against Stretford for breaches of the FIFA players' agent regulations.

The charges included failing to protect Rooney's interests and failing to respect the rights of third parties.

A statement on www.thefa.com read: "The commission found that Mr Stretford did encourage Mr Rooney and his parents to enter into a representation agreement with Proactive Sports Management Limited on 17 July 2002 although he knew Mr Rooney was still then under contract with Pro-Form."

Stretford had argued the July 2002 agreement was only intended to be a contract regarding Rooney's image rights, but pressure will now increase on Formation Group's chief executive Neil Rodford, who in 2002 was Proactive's chief operating officer, and who handled much of the negotiations.

Stretford said had the case been heard in public the outcome would have been in favour.

He added: "It has always been my contention that the FA case against me should have been heard in public and by an independent panel. Had that been the case, I believe the verdicts would have been very different."

In relation to the Warrington Crown Court case, the commission said two improper conduct charges had been proved.

The statement added: "The commission found that Mr Stretford had made a misleading witness statement and had given untruthful evidence in court in criminal proceedings in Warrington Crown Court, particularly in relation to the existence, dates and nature of those representation agreements dated 17 July 2002 and 19 September 2002."

The commission's ruling stated one improper conduct charge was proved because Stretford had told he court he "had not 'muscled in' to make Mr Wayne Rooney breach his representation contract with Pro-Form."

A further charge of entering into a representation contract with Rooney for eight years - six years longer than the two-year limit for written contracts between agents and their clients - was also proved.

Two other charges of failing to lodge representation contracts with the FA were also proved, but a third was not.
 

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Agents for the most part are dirty, sneaky, and will do just about anything to get and keep professional players

Good friend of mine plays for a MLB team here in the States and he has told me stories about his agent and what other agents have told him. Simply AMAZING stuff that borders insanity
 

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Sir Alex finds all his young players agents if they break through into the first-team (or so I heard a while ago)

If this is true, its great news. At least Sir Alex knows what agents look after their clients, and what agent looks after themselves.
 
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