While the FA tried to work out how much they were going to make from 700 agents taking the exam (£210,000) and Fifa worked out how much they were going to make per year from registering these agents (£338,100), someone seemingly pulled the plug and all the power went down. The next chance to take the exam, we are told, is in May 2024.
What makes the whole ludicrous affair even more insane is that the wannabe agents were told to bring their own laptops. Presumably, the FA and Fifa were running a little short of the readies.
Those agents who managed to turn up before the due time should have been able to look at past papers but found they could not (but then who has ever heard of an agent turning up early!!!???)
Those who arrived closer to kick-off found that they had nowhere to plug their computers in. Oh my! Would you believe it? (Note from editor: yes of course, this is Fifa and the FA).
Everything went well with question one (presumably enter your name) but then when they pressed “Next question” the screen would die. Eventually normal (or what passes for normal when we are talking about the FA and Fifa) service was resumed, but by that time there was not enough time left to complete the test, and so most candidates failed.
Of course there could be some good in the story, apart from it reminding us all what a bunch of neolithic dodos the FA and Fifa are, and that is that the number of football agents will decline slightly.
Anyway Fifa blamed the FA and the FA allegedly blamed a woman who hadn’t cleaned the floor properly. (I made that up, but it does seem likely given the FA’s past.)
Agents are of course an endangered species as they are only allowed to make a fee of 3% of a player’s salary if the player earns more than £161,000 a year. So to help the agents out, Fifa allows agents to act both for the player and the club. (Honest, I didn’t make that up).
Just to give the scale these things £1.27 billion was spent by clubs in the January window and over half of that was spent by the Premier League.
And they still can get the internet connection in one room to work. But then, it is Fifa and the FA.
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