FIFA fines Hodgson's agent over rules breaches


ZURICH (AP) -- Football agent Leon Angel, whose clients include England coach Roy Hodgson, was warned by FIFA about his future conduct on Friday after breaking rules in a transfer involving Brazil goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.

Angel breached two clauses in its players' agents regulations during the deal which took Gomes to Tottenham from PSV Eindhoven in July 2008, FIFA said.

The case was referred by the English Football Association to FIFA in June 2011. Less than a year later, Angel worked with the FA to help negotiate Hodgson's contract to become England coach.

Angel said he would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, because the case involved an administrative technicality.

FIFA's disciplinary committee fined Angel 7,000 Swiss francs ($7,630) and ordered him to pay costs for the disciplinary process.

FIFA said it warned Angel that a further breach "will result in more severe sanctions ... even a withdrawal of the players' agent license."

Angel's biography on his accountancy firm's website includes a picture of him with Hodgson in front of England team shirts.

One clause identified by FIFA in the case relates to having a "relevant written representation contract with that player or club."

The second requires that "every players' agent shall ensure that his name, signature and the name of his client appear in any contracts resulting from transactions in which he is involved."

Angel said the problem was "actually nothing to do with us," claiming that the transfer was performed by a Brazilian agent who did not fill in a form.

"The breach of which he has been found guilty is a technical breach only and relates to the completion of paperwork in relation to a player transfer. No question has been raised as to Mr. Angel's integrity or honesty," Angel's company said in a statement.

"Mr. Angel understands that another agent involved in the matter has also been sanctioned by FIFA but the governing body has chosen not to make this information public," the statement added. "Mr. Angel has requested an explanation for this apparent difference in treatment and is considering an official complaint."