Boo! Hiss! In a story straight out of Sky One’s Dream Team, City of London Police have revealed that two of Birmingham City Football Club's head honchos were detained on Wednesday and questioned over corrupt transfer signings. Like a plotline from the football soap, the investigation of the duo is believed to centre around a transfer deal connecting football super-agent Willie McKay and Senegalese footballer Aliou Cissé, to co-owner of the club David Sullivan, and managing director Karren Brady.
The latest in a series of arrests of prominent Premier League figures, Brady, a board member of Sport England, and porn baron Sullivan, owner of the Daily Sport and one of the game’s most colourful figures, join a list of football luminaries including Pompey manager Harry Redknapp and his former chairman Milan Mandaric, in being arrested and bailed as part of the probe into false accounting and conspiracy to defraud.
The move follows a police raid last month of the Blues’ St. Andrews HQ that the Premier League side then deflected as a matter relating to a third-party. It is the first time suspicion has been directed straight at the club’s top brass; the duo were not named and shamed in the now infamous 2006 muck-raking Panorama programme that sought to expose the corruption it alleged was endemic in agent and club transfer dealings.
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