Barnett denies charge

Agent Jonathan Barnett has denied charges of breaching Football Association Rules and has requested a personal hearing.

Agent Jonathan Barnett has denied charges of breaching Football Association Rules and has requested a personal hearing.

The charges relate to his alleged involvement in a meeting involving his client Ashley Cole and representatives of Chelsea at the Royal Park Hotel on January 27 2005.

Disciplinary action was taken against the Arsenal defender, Chelsea and Blues manager Jose Mourinho and all were fined for their part in the meeting.

Barnett was charged by the FA under Rule E1(e), which covers breaches of the rules of leagues affiliated to the FA.

It is alleged he brought about a breach by Ashley Cole of Premier League Rule K5 which relates to illegal approaches to clubs by players under contract.

He was also been charged with a breach of the FIFA Players’ Agents Code of Conduct, which require agents to respect the rights of third parties, in this case Arsenal.

Barnett was charged as an alternative with improper conduct (breach of FA Rule E3) for the above matters.

His personal hearing will be scheduled in due course.

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