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By ESPN Staff
Sep 21, 2006

Liverpool pondering legal action after Panorama sting

Liverpool have taken legal advice after being caught up in the BBC Panorama programme's investigation into football corruption.

The Reds could face Football Association charges after agent Peter Harrison was filmed touting Middlesbrough's England youth player Nathan Porritt to an Anfield official.

The official spoke positively about signing Porritt when he was 17 but the club have denied breaching regulations governing approaches to players.

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is surprised the club were mentioned in the investigation and says there is no place for corruption in football.

Benitez said: 'We have taken legal advice because we were surprised.'

On the wider matter of corruption, the Spaniard added: 'You have some rules but you can have good agents and bad agents, good managers and bad managers. They have to find solutions.

'If you talk about corruption, you can talk about a lot of things in life. There are good people and bad people and we have to continue with the good people.'

The Liverpool board are due to meet tomorrow when the matter of funding for the club's new stadium will be discussed.

Liverpool are approaching a deadline whereby they must prove they have secured funding for the £180million project or risk losing a large amount of public money which would be distributed elsewhere by the City Council.

Reports suggest the discussions over investment could lead to a takeover of the club.

Building magnate Steve Morgan, who has been linked with a takeover in the past, is reported to be among potential bidders but has not commented.

Benitez claims the matter has not affected his preparations with the team and he is focusing on Saturday's Premiership encounter with Tottenham.

He said: 'I know and I can talk to people in the club about the situation, thinking about the future, but I cannot change things.

'The only thing I can do now is try to improve the performance of the team. That means you can help your club. Winning always makes it easier to find solutions for everything.'