No fear for 'super agent' Zahavi over FIFA probe

September 29, 2006

Israeli 'super agent' Pini Zahavi insists he has nothing to fear from a FIFA investigation over the Ashley Cole tapping-up affair.

FIFA are set to re-open a file on Zahavi's role in the controversy now the Football Association have dealt with Cole's agent Jonathan Barnett.

Zahavi told The Daily Telegraph: 'If anyone wants to ask me questions about this I am more than happy and ready to answer them. I will co-operate because I don't think that I am guilty of any wrongdoing.

'What's more, at that time, I did not represent Chelsea or Ashley Cole.'

That may be strictly true but Zahavi has acted as a 'fixer' for many of Chelsea's signings since Roman Abramovich took over.

Zahavi was present at the infamous meeting in London's Royal Park Hotel back in January 2005, along with Cole, Barnett, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and club chief executive Peter Kenyon.

Barnett was fined £100,000 this week and had his licence suspended for 18 months, nine of which are suspended.

Chelsea, Cole and Mourinho were all fined by the Premier League over the affair last year.