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FA faces fresh criticism as THIRD trial of FIFA agents faces complaints over WiFi problems at Wembley… as facilitators say livelihoods at risk


The FA has faced fresh criticism over its handling of the trial of new FIFA agents with middlemen fearing their livelihoods are at risk.

Several agents fear their chances of getting a permit were limited by intermittent Wi-Fi when they took the 20-question digital paper at Wembley Stadium on May 22.

There were also suggestions that some agents at the national stadium were openly using their phones while the hour-long test was underway.

They have been plagued by nascent problems since the introduction of FIFA rankings last year. With agents needing a pass to engage in contract and transfer negotiations, those at the first session in London 13 months ago faced long delays in arrival, and the second session in Birmingham last September was labeled as «chaotic» between claims of weak internet and public announcements in the hall.

The FA, which brokers tests in the country on behalf of FIFA, is now reviewing the third such test at Wembley last week. One agent, who has worked with multiple players, told Mail Sport: “It’s been a nightmare. Our livelihood depends on passing this test and getting our license.

Several agents fear their chances of getting a permit have been hampered by intermittent Wi-Fi at Wembley Stadium on the 22nd.

Agents faced long delays in arriving for the first trial at London's ExCel Arena last year

Agents faced long delays in arriving for the first trial at London’s ExCel Arena last year

Agents must pass exams to engage in contract and transfer negotiations (photographed at ExCel last year)

Agents must pass exams to engage in contract and transfer negotiations (photographed at ExCel last year)

“My Wi-Fi failed four times during the exam and you panic and rush to finish the exam. It shouldn’t be that hard to set the record straight, but it was a bit of a farce.

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“Many of us were in that boat saying the same thing when we finished. If you fail, it’s about six months before you get in again, so it’s really important.

“The other thing was that people were using their phones – they were pinging all over the place and one guy even answered a call. It’s supposed to be a test.

“I paid £300 to sit the exam and then spent on hotel and travel to get there. You want to go for it honestly, but how can you do that when the Wi-Fi keeps dropping out?”

The FA claims that of the 750 or so candidates at Wembley, only a handful complained to their supervisors about intermittent Wi-Fi. FIFA has been contacted for comment.



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