FA clampdown on internet agents

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It has emerged that some football agents are using social networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace to target promising young players.

According to The Daily Mail, a number of clubs have reported incidents of agents attempting to sign up promising young players through the sites.

A leaked FA document said: "We have been contacted by a number of clubs regarding the use of networking sites by agents.

"It is apparent that some are using sites as a means to contact and befriend players, in particular youngsters who are more likely to use such sites.

"If these agents are using sites to contact players under 16 years or still in full-time education, then this matter should be reported."

Colin Gordon, of Key Sports Management, who counts Theo Walcott among his clients, blasted: "This is disgraceful behaviour and taints the professional organisations among us.

"Normal practice would be to involve the player, the player’s parents and carry out any such work with the full knowledge of the club academy involved."

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