Luton hit by FA charges

The Football Association levelled an unprecedented list of 55 charges against current and former directors of Luton Town and a string of leading football agents after a seven-month inquiry into alleged irregular payments made by the League One club.

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If found guilty the club face severe financial penalties and may be banned from player transactions for at least one transfer window. If found guilty the agents - who include David Manasseh, a partner in Stellar Group, which represents Ashley Cole; Jermain Defoe's representative Sky Andrew; and Mark Curtis, who has worked closely with Bolton Wanderers - face fines and possibly the loss of their licences.

The charges, the most ever laid against a single club, come after the former manager Mike Newell went to the authorities with information that implicated his former employer.

"Luton acknowledged the charges but made no comment."

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