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