Football insiders claim world game is ‘endemically corrupt’ in player transfers article from the Guardian
A starlet at a Premier League club is to be promoted to the first team. His agent has represented him since the age of 16 and they enjoy a good relationship. Then, the manager informs a different registered intermediary (the official term) the player will be catapulted from earning a few hundred pounds a week into the £20,000-a-week bracket. What else is the intermediary, who does not represent the young hopeful, told?
Dan Chapman, a lawyer and intermediary at Full Contact, a sports law firm, takes up the story. “This manager says: ‘There will be a new contract on the table for him [the player]. It’s massive. That means his agent is going to pick up a nice fee. But what I want is to destabilise the relationship between player and agent. The big agent’s fee will go to you instead.’
“The proposed new agent, who’s never spoken to the player in his life, thinks: ‘How can I destabilise him?’”
Once it was discovered that two of the player’s family members were out of work, Chapman says that both were given expensive gifts and told “‘You need to persuade your boy to sign with this guy,’ not withstanding that’s in breach of contract. It ended up in a court dispute and a settlement.”
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