LiveFootball agent sues Bolton Wanderers - Day 1

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Summary

  • Football agent Tony McGill is suing Bolton Wanderers and sports agency SEM for £390,000.
  • The court case starts today at Manchester Civil Justice Centre.

9:35pm

Technical issues meant that wasn't anywhere near as detailed as it should've been. Hopefully these will be resolved tomorrow. Thanks for joining us anyway.

3:51pm

Mr Worthington has been given a serious grilling by Bolton's lawyer about a scouting report on Gavin McCann.

2:33pm

Mr worthington says he had a procedure under Sammy lee as manager. He was the chief scout for Bolton Wanderers, who was based in France for some time. He identified players that he thought coaching staff might be interested in, then would compile reports for them. Scouts would watch the players and produce reports. If the reports were good, he would go and see them in action himself.

2:33pm

At that time Wanderers had about 18 scouts who travelled all over europe

2:30pm

Mr worthington says he had a procedure under Sammy lee as manager. He was the chief scout for Bolton Wanderers, who was based in France for some time.

2:30pm

Mr worthington says he had a procedure under Sammy lee as manager. He was the chief scout for Bolton Wanderers, who was based in France for some time.

2:24pm

Dave worthington is to be the first witness

2:23pm

The court has heard details of a phone call in which McGill rang Bolton and said "what's the deal?"

2:20pm

McGills lawyer is now outlining his case against Wanderers and SEM

2:20pm

McGills lawyer is now outlining his case against Wanderers and SEM

2:18pm

Ok, we're started

12:54pm

the judge is rising now to reconvene at 1.50pm. Hopefully we'll get some proper action this afternoon. Stay tuned folks.

12:48pm

One witness, a Mr Worthington, has flown in from Spain to give evidence today, apparently.

12:47pm

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill will be giving evidence tomorrow. He was the Villa manager at the time of these allegations.

12:47pm

Today, that is. He has told him he wants to see a clear written statement before he considers it.

12:46pm

The judge has just given a lengthy explanation of why he's not going to entertain Mr McGill's application.

12:22pm

This is going to be a long week.

12:22pm

Bolton's lawyer has finished. Mr McGill's lawyer is on his feet again now.

12:18pm

there is no connection between these "wild and deliberately scandalous" allegations he says and his alleged loss. BWFC's lawyer is accusing Mr McGill of seeking publicity.

12:14pm

BWFC's lawyer says Mr McGill's allegation of "criminal fraud" is very serious and far reaching, but is based on the same evidence as his original civil claim. The application is therefore too late, he says, and, having spent an hour explaining it, is still not entirely clear.

12:02pm

SEM has finished. Bolton's laywer starting now.

12:00pm

It's getting on towards lunchtime and there is some serious stomach rumbling going on in court 43 today.

11:59am

McGill's lawyer has finished speaking now. SEM's lawyer is now answering what he had to say.

11:53am

The judge is now taking some time to read documents.

11:50am

Well, the weather's nice today, isn't it?

11:46am

The judge is now leafing through the court documents, which are contained in several large white ring binders

11:39am

Rigorous questioning by the judge.

11:36am

There are a lot of bored-looking faces in this court now.

11:35am

We have power for the laptop now. This is a good thing.

11:32am

Lawyer is now pointing to sections of the Fraud Act to support his argument

11:31am

Mr McGill's lawyer claims that SEM "sold" the deal to McCann by telling he could avoid getting a big tax bill again by these means

11:30am

McCann had been annoyed about getting a six figure tax bill during a previous transfer in which he was represented by SEM

11:29am

Mr McGill's lawyer says SEM said they were representing BWFC instead of McCann to prevent McCann getting a big tax bill

11:28am

He says "regrettably, the defendants dishonestly failed to disclose to the FA who they were representing and the date that the agreement was made"

11:27am

This point appears to hinge on intent to make gain.

11:26am

Even the judge has his head in his hands now.

11:26am

Mr McGill's lawyer is arguing that SEM and Bolton Wanderers have committed a criminal offence - ie fraud by false representation - in cutting him out of the transfer deal.

11:19am

We're still in legal argument. Very lengthy discussions between Mr McGill's lawyer and the judge.

11:06am

This is quite complex case. You can find all the background to it here and here.

11:02am

Make that two walls. The "filing cabinet", by the way, is the nickname given to the Manchester Civil Justice Centre. It's because it looks like a filing cabinet, would you believe.

11:01am

May I take this opportunity to say what a nice courtroom this is in the "filing cabinet". It's a long, white, modern room, with four rows of wooden benches and lots of seats for spectators and other interested parties. There's a bookcase along one wall that is creaking with a bounty of weighty legal tomes.

10:58am

He's leading a panel of two.

10:57am

The judge today is David Waxman. He's wearing a suit. No wigs and robes in this civil court.

10:55am

The real challenge today will be this laptop battery lasting long enough for the lawyers to finish arguing and start the case proper.

10:54am

Very long and detailed legal argument. The actual case hasn't started yet. SEM CEO Jerome Anderson has just put his head in his hands.

10:48am

lawyer representing Tony McGill is now raising a point about the first email contact between Mr McGill and SEM

10:47am

the judge is making an order now based on a legal application about a "statement of truth". Lawyer representing the club says it's a minor error, and the judge seems to agree.

10:44am

Legal argument at the moment.

10:38am

It's a busy court - as well as the BWFC chairman, former manager and other club-related figures, there are about 30 people in the court. Mostly legal, but there are several press people here as well, and a guy from the Bolton Wanderers press office.

10:35am

Everyone is here - Phil Gartside, Sammy Lee, Simon Marland and Frank McParland have all taken their seats in the court.

10:33am

10:30am

good morning everyone. We're in court 43 on the ninth floor of the Manchester Civil Justice Centre today.

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