Wolverhampton Wanderers Cleared By EFL Over Jorge Mendes Relationship

Rodiano Bonacci
Aprile 27, 2018

Wolves were invited to meet with the EFL over the close bond between club owners Fosun and Mendes, following criticism from Championship rivals.

The EFL has concluded that Wolverhampton Wanderers have not broken any rules, after several clubs wrote to the league asking for an investigation into the side's relationship with super agent Jorge Mendes, with Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani also slamming Wolves on social media.

Radrizzani questioned the influence of Mendes after Wolves routed Leeds in a one-sided league game at Elland Road in March, accusing Wanderers of maintaining a set-up which was "not legal or fair".

League officials have conducted a "comprehensive review" of the agent's links with the club, and found that "there is no requirement for him to submit to the Owners' and Directors' Test".

But the EFL have once again looked at the situation and insist there is nothing to show that Mendes should be categorised as a "Relevant Person" under league rules and they are satisfied that Wolves are playing within the rules.

"Following the commitment made in March, as a result of some concerns raised by a number of Championship clubs, the EFL has met with Wolverhampton Wanderers to ensure compliance with the requirements of its regulations", an EFL statement said.

"We believe the release of these findings will bring to a conclusion any speculation surrounding the club's operation and extinguish any concerns held by other clubs".

A subsidiary of Fosun, which took control at Molineux in 2016, owns a stake in Mendes' agency Gestifute and a number of Mendes clients were signed by Wolves last summer, underpinning their impressive run to automatic promotion from the Championship.

Under Football Association rules, club owners are prohibited from holding an interest in agencies and agents are not allowed to have an influence on the running of a football club.

"We obtained confirmation from Wolves and all relevant parties, including Mr. Mendes, regarding the sale of the club in 2016 and their ongoing compliance with The FA's regulations on working with intermediaries".

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