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By ESPN Staff
May 1, 2009

Rooney agent Stretford ends case against FA

Wayne Rooney's agent Paul Stretford will start a nine-month ban from football agency activity next week after calling an end to his lengthy legal challenge against the Football Association.

Stretford has withdrawn his arbitration claims and his suspension will begin on Monday, the FA have confirmed.

The agent was fined £300,000 and given the ban in July last year after being found guilty of a number of charges relating to how he acquired the right to represent Rooney in 2002.

The FA said in a statement: ''We can confirm that we have received notification from football agent Paul Stretford that he has withdrawn his arbitration claim. Mr Stretford will be suspended from all agency activity for a period of nine months from Monday, May 4.''

The charges included improper conduct in relation to Stretford having made ''false and/or misleading witness statements to police and giving false and/or misleading testimony to Warrington Crown Court'' in a case about the circumstances of how he came to act for the England striker.

Stretford, founder of Proactive Sports Management, had fought a long legal battle against the FA but lost an appeal in November.

Last year he claimed the disciplinary panel's decision was ''a travesty'' and said the charges came about as a result of his appearance at a criminal trial as a witness for the prosecution against men accused of blackmailing him with menaces.

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