Bobby Duncan’s agent Saif Rubie banned for six weeks and fined £10,000

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Bobby Duncan’s agent Saif Rubie banned for six weeks and fined £10,000 following his claims that Liverpool bullied his client and ‘damaged his mental health’ ahead of £1.8m summer switch to Fiorentina

  • Bobby Duncan switched Liverpool for Fiorentina during a difficult summer
  • His agent Saif Rubie claimed at the time that Liverpool were ‘bullying’ his client
  • Rubie has now been banned for six weeks and fined £10,000 for his comments
  • Agent will also have to undergo an FA Education Programme in coming weeks

The agent of former Liverpool academy star Bobby Duncan has been banned for six weeks and fined £10,000 following his Twitter outburst back in August.

Saif Rubie hit the headlines in the summer window as he tried to orchestrate his client’s move from Liverpool to Fiorentina, which eventually went through to the tune of £1.8million. 

In a statement first reported by Sportsmail before a deal was complete, Rubie claimed Liverpool were ‘bullying’ his client, before saying the club had ‘damaged Duncan’s mental health’ by keeping him against his will. 

Bobby Duncan (left) left Liverpool for Fiorentina in controversial circumstances last summer

Bobby Duncan (left) left Liverpool for Fiorentina in controversial circumstances last summer

Duncan's agent Saif Rubie (left) has been banned for six weeks after his Twitter outburst

Duncan’s agent Saif Rubie (left) has been banned for six weeks after his Twitter outburst 

The Football Association detailed Rubie's sanction on their website on Monday morning

The Football Association detailed Rubie’s sanction on their website on Monday morning

Just shy of four months on from the transfer saga, Rubie has been ‘banned from acting as an intermediary’ due to his social media comments.

The FA alleged that Rubie’s comment on Twitter ‘brought the game into disrepute’, and was ‘improper and/or insulting’.

He will also have to complete an FA Education Programme within four months.

In his controversial statement, Rubie said: ‘Not only is he [Duncan] on a very small salary but he also has one season left on his contract after this one and Liverpool have flatly said he will not get a new one.  

‘Bobby has not left his room for four days because of this and will never go back to Liverpool again and my only concern now is his mental health and well being.’

Duncan – who is the cousin of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard – is currently plying his trade with Fiorentina’s youth teams. 

Duncan left Liverpool earlier this summer in a controversial departure to Florence

Duncan left Liverpool earlier this summer in a controversial departure to Florence

SAIF RUBIE’S AUGUST STATEMENT

‘A few months ago before the end of last season, Bobby had meetings with the club’s hierarchy including academy director Alex Inglethorpe.

‘It was recognised that Bobby wasn’t happy at Liverpool for different reasons and Alex invited us to bring offers to the club for the exit of Bobby Duncan. 

‘For a player with zero first team experience, no clubs were prepared to pay an outright reasonable fee for a player they got for £200,000 last summer.

‘With that in mind we have been able to find clubs that were ready to take Bobby on a season-long loan with a option to buy for amounts of £1.5million upwards which is a great return for the club on a player who will never play for the Liverpool first team and who doesn’t want to be there.

‘The club and Michael Edwards specifically made it clear that that kind of deal wouldn’t work.

‘So then myself and my team worked even harder and managed to get a deal on the table for a loan with an obligation to buy after five starts with a higher transfer fee than before and a sell-on to Liverpool. 

‘Putting all of that aside, the real reason Bobby missed the Under-23 game (against Southampton) on Monday is because he has suffered some deep mental health issues with all the stress the club has put him under. 

‘Stress of being told he can leave but then going out of their way to force him to stay against his will.

‘Not only is he on a very small salary but he also has one season left on his contract after this one and Liverpool have flatly said he will not get a new one.  

‘Bobby has not left his room for four days because of this and will never go back to Liverpool again and my only concern now is his mental health and well being.

‘This is not really dignified behaviour from a club with the rich history of Liverpool and one who one of their greatest ever players Steven Gerrard happens to be Bobby’s cousin.

‘It’s a sad state of afford that a club such as a Liverpool can be allowed to get away with destroying the life of a young man such as Bobby.

‘In this situation all that matters is the players health.’

After seeing his client finally complete his move to Italy, Rubie took to Instagram to hit out at his critics.

‘To be in the top one per cent you have to be prepared to do what 99 per cent of the rest won’t do,’ he wrote. ‘In my line of work I know nobody even comes near.

‘Not everything in life is black and white and you have to be able to adapt and roll with the punches. Now has the opportunity to live and experience something not many young English players have done. That’s what leaders do. We are not followers.

‘Thanks to all the people who have supported me in this difficult period means a lot. The joy of getting the job done makes all the struggle and doubt worthwhile. P.S Kevin-Prince Boateng, you better look after our little brother.’

The 18-year-old, pictured kissing the Liverpool badge, was part of an ongoing transfer saga

The 18-year-old, pictured kissing the Liverpool badge, was part of an ongoing transfer saga

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