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Rovers' FL complaint outlined

Bristol Rovers have revealed that football agent Phil Smith is advising them in their legal case against the Chairboys.

April's hearing saw the League Two side fined 10,000 and Smith banned for two years, 18 months of which was suspended, for breaching the FA's agent rules during Matt Phillips' departure to Blackpool in 2010.

And now Smith's allegations surrounding other breaches of the third-party ownership rules from the hearing have been detailed in the Pirates' five-page letter of complaint to the Football League, also published on the club's official website.

It read: "We have been advised by Mr Phil Smith, a football agent known to us, that, at a recent hearing before the Football Association in which both Mr Smith and Wycombe Wanderers FC were charged with breaches relating to football agents and third-party investment, allegations were made about Wycombe's involvement in other serious breaches of the prohibition on third-party investment in English football."

The letter also details how Rovers were informed that there was a written agreement to use all of any sell-on fees for Phillips to pay off Wycombe's debts to former owner Steve Hayes - something they believe constitutes third-party investment.

The Pirates' letter also questions why the FA did not investigate the claims and why the Football League was not informed, as a points deduction or other sanctions could have been handed out.

"Bristol Rovers has a direct, material and immediate interest in the unfair advantage it appears that Wycombe have obtained as a result of their serious breaches of the TPI regulations," the letter read.

Rovers have also called on Wycombe to disclose any written agreements in which third parties have interests in sell-on fees of their current or former players.

Wycombe, who only secured their Football League safety in place of Rovers on goal difference, are confident they will not have a case to answer.