Three clubs raided by police

16-07-2007

Three clubs raided by police
Three professional football clubs, one of which is believed to be Newcastle United, have been raided today in connection with corruption in football.

The investigation, led by City of London police, saw search warrants served on three clubs and two individuals between 07:30 and 09:00 BST "in connection with corruption in football and its impact on owners and shareholders".

The identity of the other two clubs is yet to be confirmed, although Northumbria police did confirm that "an operation" took place at St James' Park – the home of Newcastle United – this morning.

The raids come only a few weeks after the results of the Lord Stevens inquiry, known as Quest, were published.

As part of that announcement, 17 transfers involving several big clubs in the Premiership were not "signed off" by the inquiry.

However City of London police have stressed that today's raids were not "influenced or informed by the Quest inquiry in any way".

"These searches are part of the force's ongoing investigation into football corruption," City of London police said.

"As this is a live investigation, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage."


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