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Last Updated: Monday, 6 June, 2005, 18:15 GMT 19:15 UK
Clubs still in talks over Arnesen
Frank Arnesen
Arnesen wants to quit Spurs for Chelsea
Chelsea and Tottenham will continue discussions over a compensation package for sporting director Frank Arnesen.

The two clubs spent much of Monday discussing the amount of money Spurs required before considering the release of the Dane from his current contract.

Arnesen was suspended from his duties on Saturday amid Tottenham's claims of an alleged illegal approach by Chelsea.

A Premier League spokesman revealed they were still waiting for an official complaint from Spurs.

Chelsea deny they are guilty of breaching FA Premier League rules.

But a spokesperson at White Hart Lane said: "Frank was suspended on Saturday and the club is still weighing-up its options with regard to a formal complaint."

Tottenham also revealed on Saturday that Arnesen had told them he wanted to leave to take up a similar post at Stamford Bridge.

Spurs coach Chris Hughton told BBC Five Live: "The fact that Frank has been with us for the year - it's been a good season with regards to the progress we've made - I'm as surprised as anybody else."

The news about Arnesen came only three days after Chelsea and manager Jose Mourinho were fined for an illegal meeting with Arsenal defender Ashley Cole.

The more wealthy the guys are at the top the more important it is that the rulebook is applied
Former Football League chairman David Sheepshanks

Chelsea do not dispute that a letter requesting permission to approach Arnesen was sent to Tottenham - and was addressed to chairman Daniel Levy.

However, Spurs have revealed the letter to ask for permission to approach Arnesen was also copied to the Spurs supremo.

"By definition, Frank was approached prior to the club having had any chance to refuse permission," said a statement on the club's website.

But Chelsea feel that they have not breached the Premier League rules covering employees of a club outside of the playing staff.

The rule in question is U10, which governs that:

  • No club shall directly or indirectly induce or intend to induce any employee of another club to terminate a contract of employment with that other club (whether or not by breach of that contract).

  • No club shall directly or indirectly approach any such employee with a view to offering employment without the consent of that other club.

The Premier League commission's verdict on the Cole case said that the Blues could be deducted three points for the 2005/06 season - but only if it is a repeat offence of Rule K3 which concerns players.

Mourinho was found guilty of breaching Rule Q, which governs managers' conduct, and Cole Rule K5, which prevents a contracted player making an approach to a club, with a view to negotiating a contract without permission.

It has been reported that the Blues believe negotiations with Spurs for Arnesen are still open - and that it may take 5m to secure the Dane's services.

He was suspended by Spurs after apparently indicating that he wishes to make the move across London.

Former Football League chairman David Sheepshanks told BBC Radio Five Live it was not only vital that the rulebook was adhered to but also that clear guidelines involving the role of agents are made.

"It is very difficult. The more wealthy the guys are at the top the more important it is that the rulebook is applied," said Ipswich chairman Sheepshanks.

"It really is very important we have strong rules on the way agents operate. At the end of the day it has to come from Fifa.

"It is absolutely vital there is a clear rulebook and protocol set out for the behaviour of agents."


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Interview: Ipswich chairman David Sheepshanks


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