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By ESPN Staff
Dec 19, 2006

FA chief: We have power to combat bungs

Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick has rejected suggestions the FA's compliance unit does not have the resources to police player transfers.

With Lord Stevens' inquiry into illegal payments to be presented tomorrow, the transfer system will again come under scrutiny.

Stevens is expected to recommend that all transfers go through an independent body rather than through the FA, as happens currently.

But Barwick attempted a stout defence of the FA's role, telling Radio Four's Today programme: 'We not only have the people, we're going to get more people.'

He added: 'I have great confidence in our own compliance unit. We're putting more people and more money into it.'

Barwick believes diving can be eliminated from football if the game agrees to police itself.

He said: 'I think diving is an issue in the game and I think it's wrong.

'Our officials need to spot it. The managers and the players have to set the right tone by self-policing it themselves.'

While he declined to give a firm commitment, Barwick is increasingly confident the new Wembley will be open in time for the 2007 FA Cup final thanks to an improved relationship with builders Multiplex.

'We are now in the same place as Multiplex and working with our builder rather than working head-to-head with them,' Barwick said.