Rooney's Agent Taking FA to Court; Disciplinary Hearings 'Are an Infringement of Human Rights

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Rooney's Agent Taking FA to Court; Disciplinary Hearings 'Are an Infringement of Human Rights


Byline: BY SAM LISTER Daily Post Staff

WAYNE ROONEY'S agent is taking the Football Association to the High Court because he claims they have infringed his human rights.

Paul Stretford faces a ban from practising as an agent over allegations he breached the professional code over conduct when he became the former Everton player's representative.

But he claims the disciplinary proceedings go against the European Convention on Human Rights because the tribunal panel hearing the case has been hand picked by the FA.

Last night it emerged lawyers acting for Mr Stretford, of Proactive Sports Management, served papers on the FA yesterday afternoon and the case is expected to be heard early next year.

A spokesman for Mr Stretford said: "Paul Stretford is entirely innocent of this charge.

"He is happy to defend them but would like the opportunity to do so in front of an independent tribunal rather than the one proposed by the FA.

"In its current form, the FA panel constitutes little more than a kangaroo court." Mr Stretford was at the centre of a blackmail trial last year after he complained to police he was being forced into sharing the money he made by representing England star Rooney.

The case collapsed after he was found to be an unreliable witness and the three defendants were acquitted.

On June 17 he was charged with nine breaches of FA and FIFA Players' Agents Regulations. …

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