Tottenham liable to heavy sanctions with FA set to ‘overview agent rule breaches’

Tottenham are liable to a factors deduction amid an investigation into alleged breaches of agent guidelines.

The London facet are the newest Premier League membership to be put underneath the microscope following Everton’s 10 level deduction for breaching Financial Fair Play laws, and amid ongoing investigations into Manchester City’s and Chelsea’s funds. According to The Times, Tottenham dedicated severe breaches of FA guidelines whereas promoting Jermain Defoe to Portsmouth in 2008.

It’s understood that Defoe, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and Harry Redknapp, who was Portsmouth supervisor on the time, all handled an unlicensed agent throughout negotiations. It has additionally emerged that the FA had been conscious of the rule breach however did nothing about it, regardless of the very fact Luton Town had been docked 10 factors that very same yr for breaking related guidelines.

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The unlicensed agent concerned within the Defoe deal was former West Ham and Tottenham participant Mitchell Thomas, who was even named by the FA on a listing of brokers who had been working in soccer and not using a licence in 2008. It was additionally heard that Levy employed Stuart Peters, an agent who was licensed, to behave for Tottenham however {that a} illustration contract – required underneath FA guidelines – was not in place on the time of the deal.

Tottenham declined to remark when contacted by the Daily Star.

Breaching agent guidelines can result in punishments starting from a switch ban to a factors deduction and even relegation to a decrease division. Failure to adjust to the laws, in response to unbiased specialists, ought to be thought to be an especially severe matter, probably resulting in heavy sanctions.

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Jermain Defoe
Jermain Defoe’s transfer from Tottenham to Portsmouth in January 2008 is underneath overview following accusations of agent rule breaches

Harry Redknapp
Harry Redknapp, who was Portsmouth supervisor on the time, was current on the assembly together with Jermain Defoe and Daniel Levy

The FA have now confirmed they’re ready to overview the case and probably dish out retrospective punishment if Spurs are discovered responsible. It comes with Man City and Chelsea nervously ready for evaluations of their monetary previous to conclude.

In February, City had been charged with 115 separate violations of FFP guidelines following a four-year investigation. The Manchester membership has frequently pleaded its innocence and insists it has “irrefutable evidence” that it has not fallen foul of laws, although specialists say relegation is a really actual menace if the fees stand.

Defoe playing for Portsmouth in 2008
Defoe taking part in for Portsmouth in 2008

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Chelsea, in the meantime, are underneath the highlight after leaked paperwork revealed a sequence of funds value tens of thousands and thousands of kilos remodeled a decade, routed by means of offshore automobile belonging to former proprietor Roman Abramovich.

Defoe, 41, had two spells at Tottenham. He joined the membership from West Ham in 2003, and scored 64 targets in 176 video games earlier than leaving for Portsmouth mid-way by means of the 2007/08 season. He returned to Spurs a yr later, nevertheless, weeks after Redknapp made the identical transfer.

Defoe and Redknapp
Redknapp introduced Defoe again to Tottenham in 2009

He spent an extra 5 years on the membership, racking up one other 186 appearances and scoring an extra 79 targets earlier than leaving for Toronto FC in 2014. The striker later had spells with Sunderland, Bournemouth and Rangers earlier than hanging up his boots in 2022.

Players discovered responsible of breaching FA agent guidelines are liable to be banned from the sport for a interval. However, as Defoe is now not a participant, it is probably he’ll be fined if discovered responsible.