Crack­down on agents’ dou­ble pay

Daily Mail - - Football - By MATT LAW­TON Chief Sports Re­porter

THE PREMIER LEAGUE and FA want to in­tro­duce new rules on agents next sea­son that stop mid­dle men be­ing paid by both the club and the player in a sin­gle trans­fer. The FA is due to pub­lish fig­ures on pay­ments to in­ter­me­di­aries for the last year in the next 48 hours and the num­bers are again as­tro­nom­i­cal, with Liver­pool set to re­main the Premier League’s high­est spenders. Last year the Reds spent £26.7mil­lion on agent fees, with the Premier League to­tal ex­ceed­ing £200m for the first time. The is­sue will be raised at to­mor­row’s Premier League share­hold­ers meet­ing, with clubs keen to end dual rep­re­sen­ta­tion. FIFA is look­ing at a ‘hy­brid’ reg­u­la­tion for agents that means only the player can pay the agent while lim­it­ing the per­cent­age of the con­tract the player then has to share with them, likely at five per cent. The Premier League is keen to in­tro­duce a ‘player pays’ pol­icy for next sea­son.

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