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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 January 2007, 08:20 GMT
FA facing delay on 'bung' clubs
Football Association
The Football Association will have to wait to discover which three clubs have been found to have breached transfer rules by Lord Stevens' inquiry.

Stevens' firm Quest is still finalising its case against the clubs involved.

Talks between Quest managing director Nigel Layton and the FA's compliance unit on Tuesday will focus on eight agents refusing to help the probe.

A Quest spokesman said: "The names of the clubs who broke the rules will not be handed over yet."

The spokesman added: "This is the first meeting of new stage of the inquiry.

"They will discuss the agents concerned - and the FA, the Premier League and Quest are going to work together to get on to the next stage."

It is the first meeting between the FA and Quest since Stevens, the former Metropolitan Police commissioner, published the findings of his inquiry into illegal payments in December.

Stevens looked into 362 transfers but failed to unearth any culprits, although he made a list of recommendations to safeguard illegal payments being made in the future.

He revealed before Christmas that eight agents had refused to co-operate with the inquiry, that three Premier League clubs breached transfer rules because they did not know the correct regulations, and that 16 clubs failed to document financial arrangements connected to transfers appropriately.

Layton has said the 17 transfer deals still under investigation are similar in complexity to the intricate international financial web he had to untangle in five years probing Robert Maxwell's missing millions.

He said: "We are now going to see the FA, and Fifa with respect to the overseas agents, to see if we can get the assistance we need to get these eight agents to comply."

All of the 17 remaining transfers have an international element to them, and in places such as South America transfer fees are often split between numerous parties.

The FA was hoping to discover the identity of the clubs to decide whether any should face disciplinary charges for breaching transfer regulations.



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