FIFA president Sepp Blatter has confirmed that world football’s governing body will look into 15 suspicious transfers involving English clubs, after the FA passed on concerns of possible irregularities.
Quest, who acted as the FA’s independent auditors of transfers, compiled the list of questionable deals, dating back to the start of last year.
The transfers involve players moving to and from England between January 2008 and January 2009 and are in addition to the 15 deals already being looked at by FIFA following Quest’s previous investigation between 2004 and 2006.
Blatter said: “We are not a police force and cases have to be reported to us but our executive committee will be discussing these new cases in Brazil next week.”
However, the 15 new cases are understood to relate to irregularities or incomplete information regarding agents, rather than the type of illegal approach alleged in the recent controversy concerning Chelsea’s signing of Gael Kakuta.
A FIFA spokesman said: “In accordance with the 2008 players’ agent regulations, these cases fall under the FIFA disciplinary committee.”
The original Quest investigation into alleged “bungs” covered the 362 transfer deals that took place between January 2004 and January 2006. FIFA is yet to rule on the findings of the initial investigation.