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PFA chief questions inquiry claims

Recommendations by the Stevens Inquiry that the Professional Footballers Association should be prevented from acting as an agent have been rejected by PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor.

Lord Stevens' report into the transfer system includes the recommendation that the PFA should not be allowed to be paid for negotiating on behalf of their members.

But Taylor, who has not been consulted by Stevens, dismisses the idea.

He said: 'More and more clubs are asking us to look after their young players and more and more parents are asking us to look after their youngsters.

'And I just find it a little bit bizarre that you've got Lord Stevens looking at the problems with agents then choosing to say that we shouldn't be involved.

Taylor continued: 'Lord Stevens, having not spoken to us, is making comments about the PFA.'

Stevens report argues that the PFA would better serve its members interests by acting as an independent third party, saying: 'Whilst we understand the evolution of the PFA as advisers to players, we do not believe they should be remunerated by players for their role in transfers.

'The PFA should not act as agents to players in respect of transfers. Instead the PFA's role should be to educate and advise on how to manage their dealings with clubs and...their use of an agent.'

Taylor pointed out that the PFA have asked for agents to be monitored more closely for some time as they often have to intervene in disputes between players and agents.

Taylor added: 'There are many times we have discussions with agents and we give them some help but we also have to deal with problems players have because of agents.'