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By ESPN Staff

FA approve new regulations for agents

New rules governing players' agents have today been approved by the Football Association following a meeting of the FA Council.

Many new measures have been sanctioned - including preventing dual representation, when an agent acts for both a club and a player in the same transfer, as well as methods of payment to agents and requiring overseas agents operating in England register with the FA to bring them under its jurisdiction.

The Council have decided the new regulations will be come into force in time for the 2007 summer transfer window, subject to FIFA approval.

A statement on www.thefa.com read: 'This will allow the FA, with the assistance of the leagues, to implement a programme of communication and education involving clubs, players and agents to guide participants through the extensive changes which build upon the existing domestic regulations brought in a first set of domestic agents regulations which were first introduced in January this year.'

Today's meeting also saw the approval of new regulations on drugs, which brings English football into line with the World Anti-Doping Agency code and which will come into force in January 2007.

The statement continued: 'Under the new regulations, minimum two-year suspensions will be imposed for testing positive for prohibited substances on the WADA list, with two years to permanent suspension for a repeat offence.'

The FA are to continue with their out-of-competition `Social Drugs' programme, which goes beyond the scope of WADA.

More than 1,700 tests were carried out by the FA last season - the most comprehensive programme in British sport and which are run alongside extensive drug and alcohol education and awareness activities.