will be investigated in U.K., Chelsea mentioned
The so called "bungs" or
illegal payments for football transfers will be investigated by
the police in the United Kingdom.
to the report commissioned by the Premier League almost year and
a half ago, it points to allegations that football players,
agents and managers had received corrupt payments for their
involvement in multimillion-pound transfer deals. Payments for
17 transfers will be looked into more depth.
Among the names mentioned in the report
are Didier Drogba and Petr Cech, both playing for Chelsea, the
highest spending club in the British Premier League. In his
final report, Lord Stevens, former Metropolitan Police
Commissioner, has mentioned the names of football clubs such as
Newcastle, Bolton, Middlesbrough and Portsmouth, which will face
further investigation. The report will be passed to the Serious
Fraud Office and City of London Police.
The Premier League issued the following
statement to clubs: "With regards to the future, the Premier
League and the FA have agreed to carry out a random audit of
selected transfers from each window in order to further ensure
compliance. The Premier League will be asking Quest to assist
them in this and it may transpire that this becomes a joint
initiative subject to agreement with the FA."
Random audits of selected transfers will
be conducted in the future as a proactive measurement to curb
Published on 06/16/2007