In a recent revelation by The Times, it has come to light that Tottenham Hotspur may be at risk of facing penalties for allegedly violating FA agent rules back in 2008. The investigation centers around the transfer of Jermain Defoe to Portsmouth 15 years ago, with claims that Spurs engaged with an unlicensed agent, Mitchell Thomas, during the negotiations.
The key figures involved in the deal, including Daniel Levy, Harry Redknapp, and Jermain Defoe himself, reportedly dealt with the aforementioned agent. Despite the passage of time, the FA has expressed its willingness to review any new evidence in the case, highlighting their commitment to maintaining the integrity of football regulations.
Historically, breaches of agent rules have resulted in severe consequences such as points deductions and bans for directors. The Times pointed out that Luton Town faced a 10-point deduction in 2008 for a similar violation of agent rules. Now, with the potential repercussions looming over Tottenham Hotspur, former footballer Gabriel Agbonlahor has shared his perspective on the matter.
Agbonlahor, speaking on TalkSPORT, expressed his reservations about penalizing Tottenham for an incident that occurred 15 years ago. Referring to the previous examination of the case in 2010, he questioned the appropriateness of revisiting the issue after such an extended period.
“It was in 2008, and they looked at it in 2010, but they decided to take no action,” remarked Alan Brazil during the discussion.
Agbonlahor responded, “You can’t go back now surely, I don’t think they can 15 years later.”
Acknowledging the passage of time, Brazil added, “No, I think you’re right, it’s too long, but it just tells you how unprofessional our governing body has been. You look at every transfer, don’t you, closely and make sure it’s official people with the right qualifications involved in the deal.”
Agbonlahor went on to express his disbelief at the prospect of punishing Spurs now, stating, “It’s not as if now you can punish Spurs for it now, that would be wild. I think it’s whoever checked it in 2010 and didn’t do anything, they’re the ones that should be punished, not Spurs now after all these years. It’s wild to think that Spurs could be punished now.”