Fifa investigate Kewell deal
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Fifa have been drafted into investigate allegations that a non-licensed agent was involved in the deal which took Kewell to Anfield last week.
Under Fifa rules, agents have to lodge a £50,000 bond to hold a licence to do business - but Kewell's representative Bernie Mandic allegedly does not have one.
Mandic insists he has done nothing wrong as he was commercial manager to Kewell and that his brother Nikola, who is a licensed agent, carried out the deal.
"The Harry Kewell deal was negotiated by a licensed Fifa agent," said Mandic.
"That man is Nikola Mandic and he is there on the Fifa website.
"I find this latest episode quite hilarious."
"In terms of other commercial activities his grandmother could represent him, so whether it's me or anybody else is not an issue."
FA spokesman Adrian Bevington confirmed that they had passed on details of the transfer to Fifa.
"Due to the international element of the transfer, and the fact that The FA has jurisdiction only over agents licensed by The FA, the matter therefore falls within the jurisdiction of the world governing body."
Kewell's move to Liverpool was surrounded by controversy after Leeds claimed that they received just £3m of the transfer fee with the remaining £2m going to the player's representatives and it appears the row is set to rumble on.