Lord Stevens has been given the green light by Premier League chairmen to press ahead with his bungs inquiry without naming names.
Stevens is probing 39 transfers at eight unnamed Premier League clubs and it has been suggested that some chairmen believe those clubs not under investigation should be allowed to state they are in the clear.
However, no move to ask Stevens to name the clubs remaining under investigation was made at today's meeting of top-flight chairmen and it was unanimously agreed that the former Metropolitan Police commissioner should keep going as planned.
Stevens was given a two-month extension to his inquiry last month, and the chairmen agreed to keep to that deadline which would see him deliver his findings at the beginning of December.
The Premier League said in a statement: 'The Premier League board today discussed with the 20 member clubs the current status of Lord Stevens' ongoing inquiry into alleged irregular transfer payments.
'The only outcome was the clubs unanimously agreed that there should be no deviation from the current process for the inquiry as agreed on October 2.
'The two-month extension period remains and the clubs continue to demonstrate their solidarity by all staying within the active scope of the inquiry.'