Stevens will hand over eight agent names to FA

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Officials from the Stevens Inquiry into bungs in football will today hand over to the Football Association the names of eight agents who refused to help their investigations - but the identity of those Premier League clubs that breached transfer rules will not be revealed.

It is the first meeting between the FA and Lord Stevens' firm Quest since the former Metropolitan Police commissioner last month published the findings of his inquiry into illegal payments. Stevens revealed before Christmas that eight agents had refused to co-operate with the inquiry, that three Premier League clubs breached transfer rules because they did not know the correct regulations and that 16 clubs failed to document financial arrangements connected to transfers appropriately.

Today's meeting will concern eight agents - Quest want the FA and the governing body of world football, Fifa, to oblige those agents to co-operate with the continuing investigations into 17 remaining transfers by opening their bank accounts. However the identity of the rule-breaking clubs will be kept secret until the last moment.

"This is the first meeting of the new stage of the inquiry," a Quest spokesman said. "They will discuss the agents concerned and the FA, the Premier League and Quest are going to work together to get on to the next stage. The names of the clubs who broke the rules will not be handed over yet as a bit more work remains to be done on that case."

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