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Now why am I not surprised that The Times chooses to highlight Chelsea in all this first even when another four clubs are involved.

Chelsea under scrutiny

Can't say I'm surprised, especially if Zahavi is involved. Perhaps Roman might like to distance himself from this guy now.

Just you think things are calming down at Chelsea, this happens!

Does anyone know who long this is going to drag on and what the possible punishments will be?

And more importantly who gets punished? Presumably it's not got anything to do with the manager per se and it's Kenyon/agent.

Big fines and bad publicity looming I have a feeling.

As long as this doesn't upset the players in anyway - considering they those involved are some of our best performers then I don't care.

Corruption in football - now there's a shock..... icon_wink.gif

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Yes but I remember hearing that it could only be enforced if we were guilt of another similar offence (i.e. tapping up). Could be wrong though. I'd be curious to know who at the club (if any are guilty). Zahavi does not work for Chelsea and I doubt we would be name if he was the only one involved. I can't imagine it is Jose. So Kenyon perhaps? Arneson?

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I doubt it reading this. Looks like it is only the agents who are in trouble over our cases. A classic example of how the press will spin this to make our club look guilty:

> 1.Pinhas Zahavi (FLA) has failed to co-operate fully with the Inquiry. There was an initial failure to disclose his involvement in a number of transfers but, more seriously, he has failed to provide the Inquiry with complete bank statements due to the confidential nature of them. There has also been a lack of responsiveness by Zahavi. There remain questions relating to his relationship with and payments to Barry Silkman (LA) and Barry Silkman?s failure to initially disclose his involvement in all the transactions in which he received fees.

The Clubs, Club officials and players listed below all co-operated fully with the Inquiry and provided full documentation (including bank statements where requested). There is no evidence of any irregular payments to Club officials or players and they are identified here only as a consequence of the outstanding issues the Inquiry has with the agents identified.

iv)Didier Drogba(to Chelsea FC)

v)Petr Cech(to Chelsea FC)

> In the transfer of Michael Essien (to Chelsea FC), again there is no evidence to suggest any irregular payments to Club officials or the player, who all co-operated fully with the Inquiry providing full access to documentation (including bank statements) as requested.

However, questions remain unanswered as to the relationship between Francis Martin (buying Club agent), Mike Morris, Fabien Piveteau (player?s advisor) and Thomas Belsoeur (FLA).

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Im no expert but i think we will be ok - from what i can tell Pini Zahavi & Barry Silkman would not give their bank statements regarding the Cech and Drogba transfers and will be investiagted in course

The Inquiry submits its latest findings in this matter below.

All findings are based on our latest information and of course if further information is obtained by the relevant authorities the precise position may alter. We would urge those individuals named here to now fully co-operate in order to assist with resolving all matters.

In the following paragraphs, to assist in understanding where relevant jurisdiction may lie in these matters, individuals will be identified in the first instance as being a Licensed Agent under The FA?s jurisdiction (LA) or a FIFA Licensed Agent under the jurisdiction of a foreign national association (FLA) or an Unlicensed Agent (ULA).

The inquiry is not prepared to sign off the remaining 17 transfers for the following reasons:

1.Pinhas Zahavi (FLA) has failed to co-operate fully with the Inquiry. There was an initial failure to disclose his involvement in a number of transfers but, more seriously, he has failed to provide the Inquiry with complete bank statements due to the confidential nature of them. There has also been a lack of responsiveness by Zahavi. There remain questions relating to his relationship with and payments to Barry Silkman (LA) and Barry Silkman?s failure to initially disclose his involvement in all the transactions in which he received fees.

The Clubs, Club officials and players listed below all co-operated fully with the Inquiry and provided full documentation (including bank statements where requested). There is no evidence of any irregular payments to Club officials or players and they are identified here only as a consequence of the outstanding issues the Inquiry has with the agents identified.

As a result, the following transfers remain uncleared:

i)Collins Mbesuma(to Portsmouth FC)

ii)Ayegbeni Yakubu(to Middlesbrough FC)

iii)Fabio Rochemback(to Middlesbrough FC)

iv)Didier Drogba(to Chelsea FC)

v)Petr Cech(to Chelsea FC)

The Inquiry recommends that FIFA are asked to launch their own inquiry into the conduct of Mr Zahavi based on the evidence obtained.

2. Despite his co-operation, the Inquiry has concerns regarding the involvement of Craig Allardyce (at the time a Licensed Agent) in a number of transactions at Bolton Wanderers FC. Mr Gartside and officials currently at the Club have fully co-operated and the Inquiry has found no evidence or suggestion of any irregular payments to them. However, the following three transfers in which Craig Allardyce was involved remain uncleared:

i)Ali Al-Habsi(to Bolton Wanderers FC)

ii)Tal Ben Haim(to Bolton Wanderers FC)

iii)Blessing Kaku(to Bolton Wanderers FC)

In respect of i) above, the Inquiry also has remaining concerns about the involvement of Peter Harrison (LA) and his relationship with Craig Allardyce.

In respect of ii) and iii) above, the Inquiry has remaining, unanswered concerns about the involvement of Jamie Hart (LA) and David Abou (ULA).

In the additional transfer of Julio Correia, the Inquiry has remaining, unanswered concerns regarding the involvement of the following agents in this transfer: Mike Morris (FLA), Eugenio Botas (FLA) and Francis Martin (FLA) and the possible involvement of Craig Allardyce.

The Inquiry remains concerned at the conflict of interest that it believes existed between Craig Allardyce, his father Sam Allardyce (the then manager at Bolton Wanderers) and the Club itself.

The Inquiry recommends that The FA continue with their investigation into these matters, assisted by the considerable information gathered by Quest. The Inquiry also understands that the Bolton Chairman, Mr Gartside, is prepared to share the results of the Club?s own detailed investigation with the football authorities to assist in this matter. We welcome this development.

3. The Inquiry has still not been able to sign off a further two transfers (in addition to the one listed above) involving Francis Martin.

In the transfer of Albert Luque (to Newcastle Utd FC), the Licensed Agent acting on the Club?s behalf was Eugenio Botas. However, the Inquiry still has unanswered questions relating to possible payments made by Francis Martin who Newcastle officials believed was working for the selling club.

In the transfer of Michael Essien (to Chelsea FC), again there is no evidence to suggest any irregular payments to Club officials or the player, who all co-operated fully with the Inquiry providing full access to documentation (including bank statements) as requested.

However, questions remain unanswered as to the relationship between Francis Martin (buying Club agent), Mike Morris, Fabien Piveteau (player?s advisor) and Thomas Belsoeur (FLA).

Again, the Inquiry recommends that The FA and FIFA continue to investigate these matters in the light of the substantial information already obtained by Quest.

4.The following three other transfers remain uncleared:

i)Emre Belozoglu (Emre)(to Newcastle United FC)

ii)Jean Alain Boumsong(to Newcastle United FC)

iii)Amady Faye(to Newcastle United FC)

Again we have found no evidence to suggest any irregular payments by or to Club officials relating to the above transfers and Newcastle United officials co-operated fully with the Inquiry and gave full access to documentation (including bank statements) as requested.

However, there remain inconsistencies in evidence provided by Graeme Souness (a former manager of the Club) and Kenneth Shepherd (apparently acting in an undefined role but not as a Club official) as to their respective roles in transfer negotiations.

In relation to i) above, the Inquiry is not prepared to clear this transfer as it has been unable to obtain the co-operation of the lead agent, Ahmet Bulut (FLA).

In relation to ii) and iii) above, these transfers involved payments to Willie McKay (FLA) and, despite a degree of co-operation from Mr McKay, the Inquiry is still awaiting clarification in relation to various documents provided by him.

5. Willie MKay acted for the selling Club, Auxerre, in the transfer of Benjani Mwaruwari (into Portsmouth FC) and for the Portsmouth FC themselves in the transfer in of Alliou Cisse and, for the same reason as above, the Inquiry is not prepared to clear these transfers at this stage. In relation to the first of these, the Inquiry also has identified concerns regarding the role of Teni Yerima (FLA) and Ralph N?Komo in the transfer negotiations.

In relation to points 4 and 5, again the Inquiry recommends that The FA and FIFA continue to investigate this matter in light of the information obtained by Quest and that further powers are used to ensure co-operation.

6. There is one other transfer that the Inquiry has been asked by another regulatory authority not to specify in order that its investigations should not be prejudiced by revealing the identity of the transfer. The Inquiry, of course, is compelled to respect this request.

7. In the course of the Inquiry a further matter has become evident that the Inquiry believes should be considered by the Football Authorities. Willie McKay provided information that he had registered a race horse in the name of Harry Redknapp. Harry Redknapp has confirmed that this could well have happened though it was a very unsuccessful horse that resulted in no material gain or reward for him. There is no evidence that this transaction is related to any specific transfer, more a consequence of a long term personal association. Inquiries into this matter should continue

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The good old Daily Mirror has printed yet another apology on article about Chelsea.

CHELSEA FC - AN APOLOGY

21/06/2007

Contrary to our report of 15th June in which we stated that Chelsea had been named and shamed in the Stevens report for breaching transfer regulations, we are happy to confirm that Chelsea FC, including its officials and players, were not found by Lord Stevens to have breached any transfer regulations. This was following full co-operation from Chelsea with the inquiry. We apologise to all concerned at Chelsea for this error.

Story here

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I know it's been said before, and it will never change, but it is unbelievable that as a journo you can basically make up any story you want and splash it across the front and back pages, as long as you print a small retraction on page 17 of the sports section weeks later when the story is no longer of interest.

Does my f*cking head in. 1064.gif

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I know it's been said before, and it will never change, but it is unbelievable that as a journo you can basically make up any story you want and splash it across the front and back pages, as long as you print a small retraction on page 17 of the sports section weeks later when the story is no longer of interest.

I totally agree, they seem to be able to print whatever they like, whenever they like. Makes you wonder if they get a bung from rival clubs to 'report' a damaging article against another club? What say you, Liam? conspiracy.gificon_lol.gif

Any 'journalist' who writes blatant lies about any club deserves to be taken out and shot. I'd happily volunteer to do the executing! icon_twisted.gif

Oh for the days when all we had were football 'reporters', who did just that - reported the news. Now every w*nker who 'works' in the media thinks they're a journalist, and are convinced that everyone wants to hear their views on everything. F*ck 'em, I say, just report facts, if I want to hear someone else's views on football (or anything else for that matter), I'll go down the pub and chat with my mates, or come on the CSR and have a laugh at G4's opinions icon_lol.gif

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