It has been confirmed that Arsenal have been charged for allegedly breaching The FA’s Football Agents Regulations.
Back in February there were whispers that an investigation into Calum Chambers move from Southampton was taking place with suggestions a disgruntled third-party had lodged a complaint.
At the time Arsene Wenger had the following to say: “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.”
The defender swapped St Mary’s for the Emirates in July last year in a £16 million move that seemed to go through swiftly and with no problems.
Chambers went on to make 36 appearances for the Gunners in his debut season and secured an England cap. The player is currently on international duty ahead of the under-21 European Championships in the Czech Republic.
A statement on The FA’s website reads:
“The charge is in relation to the transfer of Calum Chambers from Southampton to Arsenal on 26 July 2014.
“Authorised agent Alan Middleton has also been charged for allegedly breaching The FA’s Football Agents Regulations in relation to the same transfer.
“Mr Middleton has until 17 June 2015 to respond to the charge.
“Arsenal have until 26 June 2015 after they requested more time to respond to the charge.”
We’re not quite sure what the punishment would be should we be found guilty of any wrongdoing. What is obvious, is that for player, manager and the club this is not something we’ll want dragging on any longer than necessary.