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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug, 24, 2006

Hasselbaink denies FA charge of improper conduct

Charlton striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has denied a Football Association charge of improper conduct and/or bringing the game into disrepute over claims made in his autobiography.

Hasselbaink, 34, who made claims over illegal payments when he was a Chelsea player, has also requested a personal hearing at the FA.

Hasselbaink was charged in relation to claims made in his autobiography about Chelsea, claiming the Stamford Bridge club had paid an additional bonus to the players following the Champions League quarter-final victory over Arsenal in April 2004.

A statement from the FA declared: 'Such a payment would have breached Premier League rules. The story also appeared in the serialisation of the autobiography in the News of the World in October 2005.

'The Premier League conducted a thorough inquiry into the alleged bonus payments and found no evidence to support the claims, which were denied by Chelsea.

'The case was therefore referred to the FA which conducted its own inquiry into Hasselbaink's conduct.'

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