Sullivan told The Daily Mail he was threatened by an unnamed player's representative and has called for the FA to impose a cap on the earnings that agents can make from transfers.West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has revealed that he was threatened with violence by an unnamed agent during the January transfer window.
Agents’ roles in modern football has been the subject of heavy debate in recent times, with QPR manager Harry Redknapp likening their behavior to “gang warfare.” Sullivan has revealed the lengths some agents are prepared to go to to secure a deal, comparing them to “scavengers.”
"In this window, I have had an agent threaten me and threaten one of our West Ham players with physical violence, because he thought he was being cut out of a deal,” Sullivan told The Daily Mail. "I heard of three or four agents trying to jump in on other deals. Some of these people are like scavengers.
"It was all deeply unpleasant and I'm glad it's over. Now we can get on with the football.”
Sullivan went on to agree with Redknapp’s comments and called for the Football Association to cap the astronomic amounts of commission that are now commonplace for agents during transfer negotiations.
"Harry Redknapp was right: it feels like gang warfare out there and I can see it spilling over into violence in the future, unless there is legislation from the FA to curb the practices," Sullivan said. "We are talking millions of pounds here around a transfer and not enough deals to go around. There are too many agents and not enough transfers to feed them.
"Agents who would once demand 50,000 pounds for their part in a transfer, now want 500,000 to 1 million to either bring a player or keep a player. It is quite outrageous, and the FA should cap the amount paid to agents for their work."
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