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Last Updated: Monday, 23 January 2006, 08:19 GMT
Holloway cynical about FA action
QPR manager Ian Holloway
Holloway went to the QPR board with his concerns
QPR boss Ian Holloway is pessimistic any action will be taken over his claim that he was offered a cash bribe by an agent to push through a player's move.

Holloway gave evidence to the FA compliance's unit but told The Daily Mirror: "I really don't think the FA give a flying hoot what I think.

"Do you think they will listen to a little bloke like me?

"They won't say 'Oh, Ian Holloway's come up with a good idea, that's how we can solve the problem.'"

He added: "I would make it illegal for any club to pay a player's agent. The contract would be between the player and agent. If that was set in stone no-one could cheat."

Holloway's claim came in the wake of Luton manager Mike Newell's allegation that 'bungs' were still rife in the game.

Holloway said: "I thought I was getting a certain player on a free transfer.

"His agent then came back to me and said 'my fee is this amount and you will get that from it'."

As the transfer Holloway referred to was an international one, it will almost certainly fall under Fifa's jurisdiction.

Former Rangers chairman Nick Blackburn has backed up Holloway's claims.

Holloway told the QPR board about the offer to smooth the deal.

He said: "I went back to the board and said 'You must be joking'. I earn my money through my contract, not any other way. I've nothing to hide.

"There are agents out there with whacking great wheelbarrows who say, 'Fill that up with money'."

Blackburn, who was in control of QPR at the time, said such incidents were not isolated.

He said: "Ian called me and said the agent of the player we were interested in wanted 50,000 - and "Olly" was going to get 30,000 of it.

"We didn't think the player in question was worth 50,000, never mind that amount for his agent. In the end we settled on a 4,000 handling fee.

"I heard stories all the time when I was chairman. I'm very disappointed the game has to endure this."

Blackburn added: "Ian told me because he is an honest guy, but how many more of these deals happen behind the scenes when people are not so honest? It is an appalling state of affairs and it leaves me sickened."


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