"It's an absolute, total lie," he thundered. "A complete lie. Whoever he is, Lord Stevens, he is a liar. The people who have done this are liars...I will begin litigation and do everything in my power not just to close them down, but I will discredit them like you cannot believe. They will rue the day they were ever born. They are total liars."
Reacting to the Stevens' Report, football agent Barry Silkman displays a noticeable, some would say Freudian, fixation with words beginning with the letter 'L'. Sam Allardyce and Graeme Souness - each implicated in four of the seventeen suspect transfers named in the report - are meanwhile proving far more circumspect. Guilty or innocent, they don't have much to worry about - like the butler in a bad murder mystery novel, everyone knows it's the agents who did it.