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Thursday, September 24, 1998 Published at 10:43 GMT 11:43 UK


Sport: Football

Burtenshaw fined after 'bungs' inquiry

John Jensen (right) - his transfer was the focus of the FA hearing

Former Arsenal chief scourt Steve Burtenshaw has been fined by the Football Association for accepting an illegal payment as part of a transfer deal.


Paul Stainton on the Burtenshaw case (Radio 5 Live)
Burtenshaw, now chief scout at First Division Queen's Park Rangers, was fined 7,500 and ordered to pay 2,500 costs after admitting misconduct at a hearing last week.

He received 35,000 from football agent Rune Hauge following Danish midfielder John Jensen's move from Brondby to Arsenal six years ago.

But his solicitors claim the fine is "unduly severe" and they are considering an appeal.


[ image: Burtenshaw - May appeal against fine]
Burtenshaw - May appeal against fine
An FA statement said: "The payment was a contravention of Fa rules and was a clear conflcit of interest with his club.

"It was accepted by the commission that the payment was not solicited by Burtenshaw. However, the payment of back-handers to management, with or without their knowledge, is unacceptable."


FA spokesman Steve Double 'The inquiry goes on...' (5 Live)
Burtenshaw told the hearing he had made a careless eroor of judgement and was deeply sorry.

And his solicitors, Burton Copeland, say the FA statement did not reflect the agreed facts that Burtenshaw had at no time expected to receive any payment for the transfer.

Their statement said: "Mr Burtenshaw volunteered the information both to Arsenal when the inquiries were first made and to the relevant authorities which led to the bringing of the proceedings. He has co-operated fully with the all the various inquiries over the years."

Manager George Graham, now in charge at Leeds, served a one-year ban from the game as part of the so-called 'bungs' inquiry.

The only outstanding charges are faced by Nottingham Forest and their former assistant manager Ronnie Fenton. The hearing is not expected to take place for several months.



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