- Raheem Sterling’s former agent Eddie Ward accused of breaking FA rules
- Ward is the owner of Giant Sports Management and represents Sterling until 2020.
- A BBC investigation claimed that Ward asked Sterling to talk to a 15-year-old footballer in order to woo Sterling to his agency.
- Sterling’s lawyers insist he never spoke to young players about agents
- Ward is being investigated by the FA and faces a ban if found guilty of breaking the rules.
According to BBC Panorama, Raheem Sterling’s former agent Eddie Ward has broken Football Association rules by signing underage players.
An investigation by Ward, owner of Colossal Sports Management, has also uncovered an incident in which he asked Manchester City and England star Sterling to speak to a 15-year-old boy in order to attract the youngster to his agency.
FA rules prohibit agents from contacting the families of players under the age of 16 to make representations and Ward is said to be already being investigated by the governing body in relation to the incident involving Sterling.
Raheem Sterling’s former agent Eddie Ward is accused of breaking FA rules by signing underage players.
Ward said he could not comment in honor of the FA’s investigation, which has not yet concluded.
Evidence seen by BBC Panorama clearly showed how Ward video called his client Sterling during a dinner with a 15-year-old boy and his mother at a London restaurant and asked him to talk with the teenager. said.
Sterling’s lawyers stated that as an England international he feels a responsibility to speak to aspiring players and has done so on several different occasions, including at Ward’s request, but not about agents or financial issues. Have never talked to him.
He added that Sterling also supports FA rules designed to protect young players.
The 26-year-old international star, who had a standout performance for England at this summer’s European Championships, dropped Ward as his agent at the end of last year.
While he still has a small stake in the company, Mail Online understands that Rahim voluntarily offered to return these shares to Colossal Sports Management after the ties with the company broke in November 2020. The return of a small historical shareholding requires full cooperation. Huge game management.
According to BBC Panorama, Manchester City and England star Sterling was once used to talking to a 15-year-old boy to lure him to his agency.
The BBC program also alleged that Ward had offered his services to the families of seven footballers under the age of 16 and in correspondence with Fulham about receiving a fee for the 14-year-old’s transfer.
FA rules around agents signing minors
Current FA rules state that no football agent can sign any player under the age of 16.
Players between the ages of 16 and 18 must be signed by a parent or guardian.
If an agent is found to be violating the rules around signing minors, they can be released with a ban.
Mr Ward denied being an agent of 23-year-old Fode Nabe, who claimed he had planned a move for him from Birmingham to Fulham.
The BBC claims they saw leaked emails between Fulham’s academy director, Hugh Jennings, Eddie Ward and another agent discussing the terms of Nabe’s transfer, who was 14 at the time.
The alleged negotiations ended with Fulham’s offer to pay a fee of £120,000 if the deal was finalized despite FA rules stating that an agent was still in full-time education for the transfer of an Academy player. cannot request or receive payment or compensation for
Fulham replied that he neither paid nor agreed to pay Mr Ward or other agent in connection with the player’s registration with the club.
The FA insists that it thoroughly investigates all allegations of violations by agents and that nearly 50 have been sanctioned over the past three years.
Back in 2019, the FA issued a ban on ten middlemen for breaking rules when dealing with minors. Ward could face the same punishment for violating the rules.
The BBC also alleged that Ward was in discussions with Fulham about obtaining a fee for the transfer of former England schoolboy Fode Nabe (centre) when he was 14 years old.