Ange Postecoglou insists he has too much on his plate to worry about an investigation by the Football Association (FA) into a potential breach of agent rules during a 2008 transfer which involves Tottenham.
The Times reported this week that an unlicensed agent may have been used during the negotiations of Jermain Defoe’s transfer from Spurs to Portsmouth in the winter transfer window of 2008.
The FA has confirmed to the PA news agency that they are looking at the case, which did go to an arbitration hearing at the time of Defoe’s move to Fratton Park in the 2007-08 campaign. PA has contacted Tottenham for comment.
No action was taken against any party involved in the transfer, but with Spurs dealing with a growing injury list ahead of Sunday’s (Monday AEDT) visit of Aston Villa in the Premier League, any potential punishment is far from Postecoglou’s mind.
“And? In 2008? I think I was maybe coaching Brisbane Roar mate, so fair to say I wasn’t around then,” said Postecoglou, who took charge of Brisbane Roar in the A-Leagues in 2009, as he looked dismayed by the question.
“And really, if you think that’s coming across my desk… people are keeping a fair bit away from me at the moment because of what’s really important and that is we’ve got a big game on Sunday, with the issues we’ve got around the team tomorrow, that’s where my focus is.”
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When it was put to Postecoglou that he is asked the question as he represents Tottenham at press conferences, the A-Leagues legend said: “And I think I’ve answered it.
“It’s not across my desk mate. For me to give you an answer would mean me sitting down with whoever is doing the investigation, whoever has all the information here, you know how many hours?
“I don’t know if you’ve spent any hours doing that but I don’t have that time in my day to be assessing those kinds of issues. With those kinds of things, any of those issues, there are those responsible, maybe I’m the spokesman, but I’m the spokesman for the football club in terms of the football. I would hate it absolutely if you got a lawyer out here and he started talking about what sort of formation we should play at the weekend.
“I’ll keep my mouth shut with those things, not for any other reason, but I respect the space that other people are in and that I’m in. if you’ve got real questions about that, there are probably better people to ask than me.”