Eurosport - Wed, 10 Mar 11:28:00 2010
Chelsea could face an FA probe over transfer dealings with an unlicensed agent, according to a report.
The Guardian newspaper claims the FA is considering whether to bring sanctions against the Premier League title chasers following their £21 million swoop for Shaun Wright-Phillips from Manchester City in 2005.
It is alleged that Mitchell Thomas, the former Tottenham and Luton player and an unlicensed agent, was involved in negotiating the deal.
If the FA finds that to have been the case, both Chelsea and the England winger face penalties which could range from fines to a points deduction.
Chelsea are currently two points behind leaders Manchester United in the race for the Premier League title, but with a game in hand.
The case is the 17th to be investigated by Quest, the task force hired by the Premier League to investigate alleged bungs during five transfer windows between 2004 and 2006.
All 16 other deals have been cleared.
The investigation into the transfer of Wright-Phillips comes after the outcome of a case brought by the Law Society against a solicitor, Timothy Drukker, who was involved in the deal but paid Thomas part of the £1.2m Chelsea paid him.
An FA spokesman told the Guardian: "We are aware of the outcome of these proceedings and are considering what action, if any, may be appropriate in relation to football rules."
Chelsea and Wright-Phillips have both denied Thomas was involved, claiming that Drukker was the sole negotiator in the deal.
"We believe we acted appropriately at all times," a Chelsea spokesman told the Guardian.
Wright-Phillips's time with Chelsea lasted three years before a fall down the pecking order resulted in a return to City for a fee thought to be in the region of £8.5m.