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Last Updated: Wednesday, 29 June, 2005, 16:29 GMT 17:29 UK
Arsenal evidence sinks agent case
Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein
Dein's evidence helped swing the case
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and vice-chairman David Dein provided crucial evidence in a landmark court case against football agents.

The High Court ruled against a claim by Brussels-based agents Jacques Lichtenstein and Ronnie Rosenthal.

The agents claimed they were owed 450,000 for work in the transfer of World Cup winner Gilberto Silva.

Dein and Wenger testified on behalf of Brazilian club Atletico Minerio, who claimed they had not used the agents.

In his evidence, Dein said Arsenal had dealt directly with Atletico and the player's own agent and had not gone through Lichtenstein or former Tottenham striker Rosenthal.

The agents had been authorised by the Brazilian club "to interest" European clubs in Gilberto.

Atletico denied Lichtenstein's claim that the club had agreed to pay him 10% of the 4.5m transfer fee they received from Arsenal, and also claimed the pair had nothing to do with the transfer.

Arsenal testified that after Wenger first noticed Gilberto at the 2002 World Cup, Dein contacted "a good friend" in Brazil named Dick Law, who had previously helped with deals bringing Brazilian players to Highbury.

Dein said Law was not an agent but "a conduit" and "our man on the spot who we trusted implicitly".

Rejecting Lichtenstein's claim, Mr Justice Jack ordered the claimants to pay the Brazilian clubs 94,000 legal costs as well as their own.


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