Five men have been arrested in connection with allegations of corruption in football, City of London police said today. Officers said the men were being held on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting.
The suspects – aged 69, 60, 55, 48 and 30 – were taken into custody as more than 60 police officers raided eight addresses. A spokeswoman for the force said three searches were continuing while five others had been completed.
I’ve been told the names of all of those involved and I’m confident they’re correct, but I’m not going to shout them out from here without further corroboration. I will say they are not small potatoes, and they include a man linked prominently with the vacant England job, a well-known agent connected before to questionable transfers, a former Premier League club chairman, another Premier League executive, and a former Premier League player now plying his trade in Scotland.
More as it comes in. Oh, and I picked the Premiership team in the photo completely at random.
Update: The secret is out now (same names as I thought, though Faye now plays on loan at Rangers).
Harry Redknapp is one of the five people who were arrested as part of the City of London Police’s investigation into football corruption today. The Portsmouth manager is being held at Chichester Police Station on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting.
Leicester chairman Milan Mandaric, Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie, agent Willie McKay and Charlton midfielder Amdy Faye were the others arrested.
There’s alway been more than the whiff of something dodgy about ol’ Harry, so this is hardly surprising. The plus side is it should rule him out of the England job.