Brown agent named in Premiership corruption probe
THE agent involved in the controversial transfers of Hibs players Scott Brown and Kevin Thompson has been named in the Stevens inquiry into alleged corruption in the English Premiership.
Football agent Willie McKay, who was accused of unsettling the Hibs duo, and former Rangers and Newcastle United manager Graeme Souness are both mentioned in the report.
The inquiry by former police chief Lord Stevens focused on a number of controversial transfers between clubs, and the possibility that "irregular" payments were being made to agents and players.
While Lord Stevens said there was no evidence of such "bungs", he also felt that there were still issues with five of the transfers investigated.
Four of these were made by Newcastle when Souness was manager, including the transfer of Rangers defender Alain Boumsong in 2004.
McKay was named for his involvement in the transfer of Benjani Mwaruwari and Aliou Cisse to Portsmouth.
The report said it was still awaiting clarification of several documents provided by the Glasgow-based agent.
It also recommended continuing inquiries into Mr McKay's registering of a racehorse in the name of Portsmouth manger Harry Redknapp.
Mr Redknapp has, according to the report, admitted that this could have happened, although he stated that "it was a very unsuccessful horse that resulted in no material gain or reward for him".