Latics fined over Fortune signing

Marc-Antoine Fortune
Marc-Antoine Fortune
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WIGAN Athletic have been fined £40,000 for breaching FA rules when signing striker Marc-Antoine Fortune last summer.

The club has admitted a charge relating to agent activity carried out by Willie McKay, who has been warned about his future conduct.

Fortune arrived at the DW Stadium last July after his contract expired with West Bromwich Albion.

An FA statement read: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Wigan Athletic have been fined £40,000, subject to any appeal, after breaching The FA’s Football Agents Regulation C10 (a) (i).

“The charge, which the club admitted, relates to agency activity carried out by Willie McKay for Wigan in relation to the signing of Marc-Antoine Fortune. Wigan were also warned as to their future conduct.

“Meanwhile Mr McKay, who also admitted breaching The FA’s Football Agents Regulation C10(a)(i) in relation to the same player signing, has been warned as to his future conduct and had his Overseas Agent Registration suspended for nine months, subject to any appeal. The suspension is, however, stayed for a period of two years.

“Mr McKay, as an Overseas Agent, will be reported to his licencing National Association (The Scottish FA) for this misconduct.”

Latics have also released a statement saying they are waiting for the full findings before reviewing their position.

It said: “Further to today’s FA statement in relation to a technical breach by the club of the FA’s Football Agents Regulation C10(a)(i), Wigan Athletic are aware of the decision and are awaiting the full findings of the Independent Regulatory Commission to enable us to review our position in respect of the decision.”