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If tapper-uppers won’t change their ways then penalty must be points | Daniel Taylor


It is unusual Watford have pressed their case against Everton over Marco Silva and more or less every club does it, but fines don’t deter and repeat offenders should lose points

The most blatant “tap” I ever heard about goes back to the days when it was quite the norm for the members of the FA’s international committee to use their positions as a way of making clandestine approaches to players from the England team.

It was June 1977 and England had just played Brazil as part of a tour of South America, minus Don Revie on the pretext the manager was flying off to watch Italy, one of their opponents in the World Cup qualifiers (in reality, Revie was negotiating his contract in United Arab Emirates as part of his own exit strategy). The players were relaxing by the pool at their hotel on Copacabana beach when Peter Swales, the chairman of Manchester City, wandered over, as bold as brass, to ask Mick Channon for a word under his own parasol. Everyone knew what that meant. “Off to Manchester City, Mick?” was the gist of it when Channon returned. And he was – his transfer from Southampton went through the following month.

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