Tottenham face serious allegations of breaching transfer rules in Defoe deal

Tottenham are facing allegations of breaching transfer rules during Jermain Defoe's switch to Portsmouth in 2008, with the FA prepared to review evidence after initially taking no action 15 years ago.


A report from the Times has claimed that Spurs could find themselves in hot water after evidence appears to show that they used an unlicensed agent in negotiations that saw Defoe complete a £7.5million move to Pompey.


At the time, the FA decided to take no action against Tottenham but English football's governing body has revealed it would consider looking back into the allegations if new evidence is presented.


Breaching FA rules on agents have led to clubs being hit with points deductions, suspensions for directors and transfer bans imposed. In that same year, Luton Town were docked 10 points for breaking the agent rules.


'The case was heard by an independent arbitration panel 15 years ago,' a spokeswoman for the FA said.


'The FA was not a party to the arbitration. It is unclear how much information was shared with the FA at the time, and no disciplinary action was taken. 


'If there is new evidence which was not available at the time, and which suggests serious breaches of our rules took place, we will review it.'


The report from the Times claims that former West Ham and Tottenham player Mitchell Thomas - who was a 'central figure' in Defoe's move to Portsmouth - was an unlicensed agent at the time.


It has been claimed that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, Defoe and then-Spurs manager Harry Redknapp all dealt with Thomas during the deal.


FA regulations at the time, which are still in place today - stipulated that players and clubs are not allowed to use unlicensed agents to complete transfer deals.


The report goes on to claim that failure to comply with these rules can result in serious sanctions, with relegation even a possibility.