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Givet in illegal agent bung probe

The front page of the Sun is dominated today by a story concerning Gael Givet's transfer to Rovers from Marseille.

FA chiefs were last night probing a 50,000 'bung' as an unlicensed middle man called Phil Black played a part in the transfer and received illegal secret payments for his role in the deal.

Givet told the News of the World - 'It felt wrong. I was very uncomfortable.'

The defender joined the Premier League side from Marseille in a 3.5million deal in 2009 after a successful loan spell prior to that.

He told the paper that Black, who is primarily known for his fashion stores and being a tailor, was very insistent in his move from France to Ewood Park and even acted as a chauffeur for the defender.

But Givet (who is described in the Sun as an 'ace') then admitted his shock at the request for payment for Black's part of the deal and eventually made the 50,000 payment in 3 slices including part cash.

FA Chiefs have stepped in and are examining the Sun's evidence including tapes and statements as they hope to investigate any wrong doings.

Givet told the Sun - 'Phil Black was the first person to contact me, texting and asking if I was interested in joining Blackburn. And he was at Liverpool airport to meet me and my agent Frederic Dobarje when we came to agree the deal.

'But that was the first time I'd met him and all he did was drive us to the ground. He never, ever came into the club or any meetings with us. I just thought he was working for Blackburn. But after I'd signed he started demanding money, saying he was due a slice of the agent's fee agreed by Blackburn with my agent.'

'Black kept on asking me for money. He kept saying he should have been paid and had received nothing. He told me he needed money because he couldn't pay his mortgage, he needed money to keep the bank off his back. 'It felt bizarre, it felt wrong and I was very uncomfortable about it, but he was very persistent. He said he'd repay me when Frederic gave him his cut of the agent's fee. I was in a strange country, I didn't know if this was usual - I didn't know who to turn to. Afterwards I felt such a fool.'

Black confirmed his role in the transfer when approached by The Sun when acting as an agent for the Rovers left back/centre back and even insisted he was due a payment for his work.

Black said of the cash sum in the same paper - 'From what he's getting - 65 grand a week - I don't think 5,000 is a big present, do you?' It is understood he later gave back 15,000. But Givet has called in lawyers and is demanding the rest back too.

Black even denied acting as an illegal agent in the deal and that he broke no FA rules.

He continued - 'It's not been a case of that. I just did it as a favour. I have been involved in football all my life - I have just helped people out.'

Football rules strictly prohibit any third party being paid for a transfer unless a licensed agent.

A spokesman for the FA said - 'We will be looking into the material and the issues that may be raised by the content provided by The Sun.'

Dodgy dealings look to be a foot here and on the whole it will again come as a blow to see someone at the club in such a negative light.

But at least the club look to be blameless, let's hope this doesn't disrupt preparations for Sunday.

This and the Kean news coming within 2 hours of each will hardly go down as a stellar evening for Blackburn Rovers.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 17 2011

Time: 8:05AM

Your Comments

Jesus we didn't have a good night overall did we?!
Mikey Delap
Good for Givet, more footballers should stand up to this kind of thing!
Stubbs
Proud of my big french hairy tramp for speaking out about it, but worried what this could mean?
bennipoo
The timing is awful. Sounds dodgy but surely at no fault to BRFC. The nerves are starting to kick in for sunday already. could do without this kind of thing popping up.
ITSALLROVER
65k a week, didnt think he was on so much
glen9mullan
We liable for a points deduction?
G-Rover
I think we would get a fine G-Rover, but a points deduction is a possibility. However the FA would have to bring a case against us before the end of the season, as I understand it, and allow Rovers time to prepare a defence. One week to do all that is highly unlikely. Givet is an idiot, why didn't he come out with this staright away? He should have called his agent and told him to deal with it.
FreidelNo.1
Come to think of it he owes me fifty grand. I'll take it in unmarked pound coins please. What a tit, who would pay somebody who picked them up at the airport 50K, there is clearly something much deeper to this, and the hairy one may not be entirely blameless. Strange this comes out just after Rovers told him to poke off for the tax he wanted them to pay on his behalf.
blue_n_white99
i blame sam allardyce for this
lhrover
strange givet is the target of a probe...
DommyWalker
How can we be deducted points? We aren't really at fault here are we?!
Mikey Delap
I think he has tried to use this against the club for all that tax business. However in his statement he has absolved the club of all blame. The fact that Black was never at the ground or at any meetings means he has no ties to the club and the fact that the club was run so well for all those years i would find it hard to believe that this sort of thing was common place at our club. However you would wonder what sort of relationship is left between the player and the club. The only thing to worry about is maybe a tempory transfer embargo while this is being investigated
del
I'm not sure there's any blame to be laid at the club's door here. From the article, it sounds like there was only contact between Givet and Black. Mind you, Allardyce got into all sorts of mither when he was at Bolton, didn't he?
rossp2112
I'll be surprised if BFS's grubby little fingers aren't involved in this somewhere
blue_n_white99
 

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