Everton fined for Championship player approach made over three years ago

Everton have been fined for an unauthorised approach for Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles in 2010.

Jamaal Lascelles is now an established player in the Nottingham Forest squad, but has been linked with a move to the Premier League before he even kicked a ball for the first team. 

Everton are alleged to have made an unauthorised approach for the defender in 2010, when he was still under scholarship terms at Forest. Everton have been fined £45,000 for their actions, but it is unclear as to why it has taken this long for the punishment to be handed out.

Lascelles went on to sign his first contract with Nottingham Forest a year later, before signing a four-year deal in 2012. The player's agent at the time Andy Niedzwiecki has been fined £10,000 for his actions, whilst the player himself has been warned about his future conduct.

"In a statement released today the FA said Andy Niedzwiecki, the football agent who was representing Mr Lascelles at the time, has been fined £10,000 and warned as to his future conduct after admitting his part in the matter."

"Jamaal Lascelles, who also admitted his part in the affair, has been severely warned as to his future conduct. The time-frame for any appeal has passed."

Everton have also been warned about their future conduct, and if something like this was to happen again in the future then I'm confident their punishment would be more severe. Lascelles has made 15 appearance for Forest this season, and just a few days ago The MIrror reported that Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal were looking at making a bid for him this month.

There will surely be plenty of other similar cases to this one that go unnoticed. Many players will be approached by agents representing a club etc. However this punishment by the FA may be the signs of a clamp down on the involvement of agents in transfers of young players.

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