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Wayne Rooney’s agent ‘under investigation by FA for handing over a £1.6million check to pay wages in May’s crisis club derby’

WAYNE ROONEY’s agent is reportedly under investigation by the FA for handing over a £1.6million check to cover Derby’s salaries in May.

The Telegraph claims Paul Stretford is “cooperating” with FA Beaks after the sum was allegedly paid to help Chris Kirchner take over.

The FA is investigating Wayne Rooney's agent Paul Stretford over an alleged payment to Derby

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The FA is investigating Wayne Rooney’s agent Paul Stretford over an alleged payment to DerbyCredit: Rex Features

The American’s attempts ultimately failed.

And the alleged intervention may have breached conflict of interest rules because of Stretford’s close ties to then-Derby boss Rooney.

If found guilty by the FA, Stretford could face a fine and even have his license suspended.

The Telegraph adds that Stretford, who is also Manchester United captain Harry Maguire’s agent, was “understood” that he has already told the FA he has made the payment.

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But that was because he was acting in Derby’s best interest, with some staff going unpaid during Mel Morris’ tenure.

Stretford’s agent said: “No comment is available at this time.”

The FA said: “There is nothing to add.”

Meanwhile, David Clowes’ takeover of Derby could happen this week.

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This means there will be no further point deductions as the Rams seek promotion from League One.

But they will have to do all this without Rooney at the helm.

The Man United and England legend gave up his position as news of Clowes’ successful bid broke.

Rooney will now return to school and complete his coaching badges.

Liam Rosenior is now in charge of Derby on an interim basis.

But Rooney could be back on screens before long as Sky, BT, BBC and ITV battle to land him as a pundit.

https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5658594/wayne-rooney-agent-paul-stretford-derby-payment-fa-investigation/ Wayne Rooney’s agent ‘under investigation by FA for handing over a £1.6million check to pay wages in May’s crisis club derby’

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