We have recently – and somewhat surprisingly – been hit with an FA charge, as we have allegedly breached football agents regulations, according to the BBC.
The report claims that the breach is in regard to the transfer of Calum Chambers, who we signed from Southampton last summer. It seemed like a fairly straight forward transfer at the time, with the rather unexpected signing pushed through for a reported fee of £16m (via the BBC).
The 20-year-old made 36 appearances during his debut season at the club, and was called upon far more than many would have expected due to injuries suffered by Mathieu Debuchy.
The BBC claim the club have asked for more time to respond to the charge, and are clearly surprised by the revelation. A statement was released following the charge.
“We have acted in good faith throughout with regard to this transfer. We are considering our position and will make appropriate representations to the FA,” read the statement, as reported by Sky Sports.
Arsene Wenger also had his say on the situation back when suggestions of a charge first emerged back in February, with the manager insisting the transfer was not unlike any of the other 350 he’s made.
“I am very happy about his transfer. I made over 350 transfers since I am here. We have a lot of enquiries about them and we never had any problem,” Wenger said (via Sky Sports).
As the report suggests, the issue has arisen following a complaint from an unknown third party. Hopefully we can get things sorted as quickly as possible, as this is the kind of thing that could potentially leave a shadow hanging over us.
Chambers looks like a fantastic prospect for the future, and could become our first-choice centre-back for years to come.