By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsenal have been fined £60,000 and warned over their future conduct after breaching football agent regulations in the transfer of Calum Chambers from Southampton.
The Football Association announced on Monday that the Premier League giants had admitted conducting the £16million deal in July 2014 with an agent not authorised to represent the England international.
Agent Alan Middleton was fined £30,000 and suspended for three months for his part in the deal.
“Arsenal have been fined £60,000 and warned as to their future conduct after breaching The FA’s Football Agent Regulations,” read an FA statement.
“The charge was in relation to the transfer of Calum Chambers from Southampton to Arsenal on July 26, 2014.
“Arsenal admitted part of the breach but denied another, which was found not proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission.
“The charges against Mr Middleton, which he denied, were found proven.”
The written reasons for the sanctions described the incident as a classic case of ‘fronting’, where that an unauthorised and unlicensed agent was involved.
A statement from Arsenal read: “We acted in good faith throughout in this transfer and had no reason to believe that the player’s representative was not authorised to be involved in the transfer negotiations.”
Responding to the outcome, Middleton, of Cassius Sports Management, said: “I am pleased that the FA commission found that the only case to answer was a minor procedural error which was a genuine oversight by ourselves and Arsenal Football Club.
“As a company we take our responsibilities extremely seriously and it was pleasing to see that the commission acknowledged that at all times we acted in the best interests of the player and cooperated fully with the commission’s investigation.
“Lessons have been learned and we have implemented measures going forward that would ensure such an error could not happen again.”