Football agent even had to ‘arrange for player’s rubbish bins to be put out’

A football agent once took the astounding measure of arranging for their client’s rubbish bins to be put out.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s solicitor, who was defending the Manchester United right-back from a driving ban on Monday, revealed he was aware of another player who’s agent took a highly hands-on approach to their client’s affairs.

He claimed that football agents did not deal with finances alone and had a responsibility to look after all manners of personal services for their client, including arranging for bins to be put out.

It comes in light of a Magistrates’ Court ruling that Wan-Bissaka was banned from driving for six months and fined more than £30,000 for driving while disqualified and without insurance, despite being unaware.

When stopped by Manchester Police on June 23, the defender was said to be in a “state of complete ignorance” that he was disqualified due to two speeding offences in Bradford, West Yorkshire, back in September 2020.

The Red Devils defender’s notification letters were said to have been sent to his former address in Croydon.

His failure to reply led to a six-month driving ban imposed at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on June 18, just five days before his Lamborghini Urus was seized by police after officers stopped him on the A34.

And defending the former Crystal Palace man, lawyer Shaun Draycott insisted Wan-Bissaka had “no idea” he had been disqualified.

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Draycott revealed that Wan-Bissaka from age 18 employed an agent for the first time but was not helped by their representative in keeping his affairs properly in order.

That was after Wan-Bissaka’s agent was sent to his former home in London to ensure everything was handled in 2019, but the Yorkshire letters in question were missed due to a refurbishment taking place at the property.

Draycott claimed: “The refurbishment may have caused some difficulty. He [Wan-Bissaka] felt matters had been put in hands and plainly they had not, and for that he must now pay the price for that.”

Sentencing District Judge Bernard Begley pointed out that “at least six or seven letters” regarding the speeding offences would have been sent to the Croydon address but accepted that Wan-Bissaka had been unaware he was disqualified in June this year.

The judge said: “Whether it was wise for you to delegate the tasks in relation to moving from the London address in Manchester is a matter you will have to reflect upon.”

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