A sports company associated with Daniel Kinahan has announced today that it has established a football agency and will manage the business affairs of professional soccer players.

MTK Global, a boxing promotions company, said previously it had cut ties with Daniel Kinahan but acknowledged this year that Kinahan still provides "personal advice" to some of the boxers managed by the company.

Daniel Kinahan has been identified in the High Court as a senior figure in organised crime and the controller and manager of the Kinahan organised crime group which the Special Criminal Court has found is involved in international drugs and firearms trafficking and "execution style murders".

MTK's boxers include WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury who publicly thanked Kinahan for his role in arranging the upcoming multi-million euro world title fight between himself and WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua which would unify the world titles.

MTK Global was established following the demise of MGM, the boxing promotions company founded by Kinahan, which was dissolved following the murder of Dublin gangster David Byrne at its event at the Regency Hotel in Dublin.

The murder in 2016 led to the escalation of the ongoing Hutch-Kinahan feud which has so far cost 18 lives.

MTK Global also announced last summer it had entered into a partnership with Kinahan after he was appointed a special advisor to KHK Sports which was founded in 2015 by His Highness Sheikh Khalid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the fifth son of King Hamad, the ruler of Bahrain.

KHK discontinued its relationship with Kinahan five days later following public and political criticism here and representations from Irish diplomats in the Middle East.

Today, MTK Global announced that along with managing boxers it will also manage soccer players.

Football agents negotiate contracts and transfers between clubs on players' behalf. 

MTK says its new business will be "fronted" by 36-year-old agent Danny Vincent, who the company said has previously brokered deals.

"Our priority is to look after the footballers on and off the pitch," Mr Vincent said today.

In a statement to the BBC's Panorama programme earlier this month, MTK Global said that Daniel Kinahan "had never owned, controlled or been an employee of MTK Global".