Wolves’ connections to agent Jorge Mendes will be dealt with appropriately by the English Football League, it is understood.
The Black Country club lead the Sky Bet Championship by six points after a 3-0 victory over Leeds at Elland Road on Wednesday night.
Following that game, Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani tweeted an angry message complaining about there not being an equal playing field in the Championship, hinting that Wolves have exploited the rules over spending to their benefit: “We have our own problems but we should play in a fair competition.”
We have our own problems but we should play in a fair competition. Not legal and fair let one team owned by a fund whom has shares in the biggest players agency with evident benefits (top European clubs giving players with options to buy ..why the other 23 teams can’t have same
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) March 7, 2018
He claimed there were “evident benefits” of Mendes having links at Wolves, whose manager Nuno Espirito Santo is among his clients, with Radrizzani suggesting they included “top European clubs giving players with options to buy”.
Radrizzani added: “Congratulations to the best team but hope the league can be fair and equal to all 24 teams.”
It is understood those concerns, and others raised separately earlier in the week, are being looked at by the EFL. It is possible that the issue could be on the agenda at an EFL board meeting later on Thursday.
Radrizzani received an angry backlash from Leeds supporters for the tweet, who pointed out that the struggling Yorkshiremen still had 11 other teams between themselves and table-topping Wolves this season.
However, the chairman responded by admitting to his side’s own issues.
True! the league table doesn’t lie. We deserve our position, no doubts. None is looking for excuses. Two different subjects: our team perfomances and have rules to be respected in a fair competition (which is already unbalanced for the parachutes given to teams relegated)
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) March 8, 2018
Wolves boss Nuno was quick to defend his club in light of Radrizzani’s remarks, insisting they “compete fairly”.
The Portuguese said: “First of all, I don’t care. Secondly, what we see on the pitch is a group of hard-working people.
“My only focus is on the game. To go beyond that, it doesn’t affect us. We don’t care because it has nothing to do with us. We compete fairly and we show when we win, we deserve it.”