Wigan Athletic have been punished by the Football Association for breaching agent regulations when signing Marc-Antoine Fortuné from West Bromwich Albion last summer, according to the Guardian and BBC.
The conduct of agent Willie McKay has been contradictory to FA’s regulations. An independent FA comission fined Wigan as McKay has “had his overseas agent registration suspended for nine months”, with the punishment “stayed for a period of two years”.
The statement from the FA reads: “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 Fortuné.”
The club has been warned in terms of future behaviour and the fine is subject to an eventual appeal.
“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”, reads a statement from manager Uwe Rösler’s club.
The FA have confirmed that McKay “will be reported to his licencing National Association (the Scottish FA) for this misconduct”. Other players on McKay’s books are Scott Brown, Joey Barton and James McArthur.
Fortuné has played 36 league games for Wigan this season, scoring four times in the process. Additionally he’s joint-second with Jordi Gomez in terms of assists, as both have provided a helping hand to their scoring teammates on five occasions.