Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

McKay: I've Got Nothing to Hide but Leaks Make Me Furious

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

McKay: I've Got Nothing to Hide but Leaks Make Me Furious

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WILLIE McKAY has revealed he was one of the eight agents who failed to co-operate with Lord Stevens' investigation into alleged illegal payments and has criticised the way the inquiry has been conducted.

Stevens yesterday announced the findings of his Quest team's nine-month inquiry into alleged illegal payments by revealing that 17 transfers - out of 362 - still require further investigation because eight football agents have failed to co-operate.

Instead, of naming names, the former Metropolitan Police commissioner made some searing criticisms of the Football Association and the accounting procedures of some unnamed clubs, and produced some 39 observation and recommendations.

McKay, however, has admitted he was one of the agents who refused to help Stevens' inquiry.

He said: "I did not answer the questions on the questionnaire because as far as I am concerned the Football Association already had the information.

"I filled out all of the appropriate forms on all the deals at the time and there has never been any query about this. I have nothing to hide.

"I was very unhappy that my name was constantly appearing in newspaper articles that seem to have leaked from the Quest team. It is no way to carry out a so-called investigation."

The inquiry also came under fire from PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor over the recommendation that the PFA should not be allowed to be paid for negotiating on behalf of their members.

Taylor, who has not been consulted by Stevens, 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.

"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.

Having not spoken to us, he is making comments about the PFA. …

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