Arsenal have been hit with a £60,000 fine from the FA over their conduct in signing defender Calum Chambers from Southampton in the 2014 summer transfer window, using a third-party representative who failed the FA’s agent’s exam.
But what you might not know is that the same man once auditioned for a role in hit pop group S Club 7.
According to The Independent, Phil Ercolano – who was also hit with a fine of £30,000 for his role in the Chambers deal- turned down a role with the band in order to concentrate on establishing himself as a talent finder.
He was a promising footballer before becoming a model and signing with music mogul Simon Fuller, the man behind the Spice Girls, but decided joining up with Jo, Tina and Rachel Stevens wasn’t for him.
During the FA’s investigation into the transfer, the Gunners were found guilty of not only using Ercolano’s services, but of also failing to disclose his involvement in the deal.
Despite not being Chambers’ official agent, Ercolano seemed to be happy to let others believe he was and played a part in the negotiations which saw the Premier League side pay his management firm Cassius Management £150,000 in fees.