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FOOTBALL: IS IAN WRIGHT A SECRET AGENT?

IAN WRIGHT is facing a quiz from the FA and the SFA about whether he is working as a football agent.

The Celtic striker has been asked about his involvement in the Wright Wright Wright agency, which is run by his former Crystal Palace team-mates Andy Gray and Tony Finnegan.

Under FIFA rules, no player can be an agent, and Wright has to explain what his links are with the company that bears his name in triplicate.

FIFA the FA and SFA also want to know what transfers, if any, have been done by the agency, who are unlicensed - a separate offence that carries fines and bans for clubs and players.

The Wright Wright Wright agency have an estimated 20 players in their stable. Their latest is Stan Collymore, with Gray involved in talks to find him a club at home and abroad.

Some other clients have moved recently, including John O'Kane from Everton to Bolton on a free transfer.

However, the agency's activities only came to light when Gray boasted he was trying to take Venezualan striker Fernando de Ornelas to Celtic.

Gray claimed that John Barnes was interested in giving him a trial and that he had an "in" at Celtic through "his partner" Wright.

This alerted both the FA and SFA, and Wright's personal agent Jerome Anderson was asked about the striker's involvement with the company.

FA licensing officer Graham Noakes said: "We were concerned that Ian Wright was involved with the company, but we have been assured that these are old friends who are just using his name.

"He would not be entitled to hold a licence while he is working at the club as a player or on the staff.

"If anyone is involved in a transfer without a licence it would have very serious consequences."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Nixon, Alan
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 20, 2000
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