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Portsmouth fined over breach of transfer rules

Portsmouth have been hit with a £15,000 fine and players' agent Willie McKay given a suspended ban. Both club and agent were found guilty of breaching Football Association rules during the transfer of Benjani Mwaruwari to and from the club.

Agents are not allowed to act for two different clubs in two consecutive transactions involving the same player. It was found that McKay acted on behalf of Auxerre when Benjani moved to Portsmouth in January 2006. He then acted for Portsmouth when the Zimbabwe striker moved to Manchester City in January this year.

Commission chairman Paul Gilroy QC stated after the hearing: "The Football Agents Regulations were introduced as an important method of addressing unacceptable practices in professional football, particularly in the transfer market.

"Both parties were fully aware of the new regulations at the time the offences were committed. The commission considered that the justice of the case was met by imposing penalties which to a large degree will act as an incentive to both parties to avoid any future transgressions."

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