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Rooney's agent loses appeal against ban, fine

Rooney's agent loses appeal against ban, fine

Wayne Rooney's agent lost his appeal Monday against a ban and fine imposed by England's Football Association over how he came to represent the England striker.
Paul Stretford can still go to an arbitration panel to contest the independent disciplinary commission's verdict of improper conduct in July. That finding resulted in an 18-month ban and a 300,000 pound (then US$586,000; euro375,000) fine.
"We are entirely satisfied that the overall penalty was not excessive and was well within the range open to a reasonable regulatory commission considering matters of this seriousness," the FA's appeal board said in a statement.
Stretford will only serve half of the suspension if he is not found to have broken further regulations.
He became Rooney's agent in September 2002, helping the striker transfer from Everton to Manchester United two years later.
The charges concern evidence Stretford provided to a court in October 2004 in which three men were accused of blackmailing him in 2003. A judge threw out all charges against the men, while Stretford was found to have made false statements to the court and was declared an unreliable witness.
Stretford said during the trial he signed Rooney in December 2002. However, documents showed he'd signed him three months earlier when the player was still under contract to his original agent, Peter McIntosh.
The FA also found that Stretford had signed Rooney to an eight-year contract, exceeding the maximum limit of two years.
Two additional charges of failing to lodge representation contracts with the FA were also proven, though a third was not.


Updated : 2021-04-15 17:10 GMT+08:00