SPORTS LAW AT THE CROSSROADS

Law: Does Bony’s £8m case show it is time for regulators to stop agents defrauding players?

By Ben Pilbrow and Annemaree McDonough

Football has often been described as the beautiful game, but never the beautiful business. Regularly tainted by allegations of corruption and shady-dealing, the importance of regulation in the sport increases in line with the flow of money into it. Between 1 October 2015 and 1 February 2016, intermediaries and agents received an estimated £46,582,843 from Premier League clubs alone.

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