England star Maro Itoje’s agent faces RFU investigation and ban
The agent of England rugby star Maro Itoje is being investigated by the RFU for alleged infringements of betting regulations, reports the MailOnline.
Matthew Hart, who works for Stellar Group – the agency that represents sporting superstars such as Gareth Bale – is under examination by anti-corruption officers.
Under Regulation 17, everyone involved in the professional game — players at all levels, agents, match officials, disciplinary personnel, coaching and backroom staff, owners and directors — are not allowed to bet on any rugby match.
The underlying rationale for Regulation 17 is to maintain and promote fair play, protect the health and welfare of Players, ensure that acts of Foul Play are dealt with expeditiously and appropriately by independent means within the Game and that the image and reputation of the Game is not adversely affected.
More information can be found here.
Agents are privy to sensitive information such as team selection, transfers and tactics which can all impact on match outcomes.
Hart’s profile has been removed from the Stellar website, although his email address remains and he is still listed by the RFU as an accredited agent.
His profile previously described him as being ‘pivitol (sic) in negotiating some of the biggest deals in the Premiership including Kurtley Beale, Toby Faletau and Ben Te’o.’
If found guilty, the sanctions range from a warning to a lifetime suspension.