Town are given a clean bill of health

IPSWICH Town have been given a complete clean bill of health in regards to the Lord Stevens Bung inquiry.None of the transfers involving the Blues and Premiership clubs over the past two years are among the 39, involving eight separate clubs, which require further investigation by the inquiry team.

By Derek Davis

IPSWICH Town have been given a complete clean bill of health in regards to the Lord Stevens Bung inquiry.

None of the transfers involving the Blues and Premiership clubs over the past two years are among the 39, involving eight separate clubs, which require further investigation by the inquiry team.

Darren Bent to Charlton for £3m and Kelvin Davis to Sunderland for £1.25m, would have been among the 362 transfers looked at during the period covering January 1, 2004 and January 31, 2006.


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Both deals were handled by the Stellar Group headed by Jonathan Barnett, who was last week fined £100,000 and banned for 18 months, nine suspended, by the FA, for his involvement in the Ashley Cole saga between Arsenal and Chelsea.

Blues chief executive Derek Bowden said last night: “As a club we were not implicated, involved or investigated in relation to the inquiry. None of the transfers we have been involved in are under investigation.”

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Lord Stevens has been granted an extension of two months to complete the Quest team's investigations into allegations of irregularities in transfer dealings, and in particular bungs made by agents to managers.

Bowden said: “We are looking on as interested observers and back the inquiry as something that can only help football.”

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