Birmingham duo arrested

Police arrest two leading officials of Birmingham City Football Club.

    Birmingham Chairman David Sullivan
    [GALLO/GETTY]
    Police investigating alleged corruption in English football arrested two more people as part of a probe into player transfers.

    City of London Police detectives questioned a 59-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting.

    Britain's Press Association said the two were Birmingham City managing director Karren Brady and co-owner David Sullivan.

    Birmingham's ground was searched by City of London police last month about an investigation into soccer corruption.

    The two were released on bail.

    A further seven people, including Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp, remain on bail in connection with the inquiry after being arrested in November.

    Others arrested then include former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric, who is now at Leicester; former Portsmouth player Amdy Faye and his agent, Willie McKay; and former Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie.

    The probe is believed to be centered on Faye's transfers from Auxerre to Portsmouth in August 2003 and from Portsmouth to Newcastle in January 2005.

    Faye joined Charlton in August 2006. This season, he played only two games for the Addicks before he was loaned out in August last year to Scottish club Rangers, where he has only played five games.

    He has never played for Birmingham.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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