A major police investigation has uncovered evidence that suggests misleading documents were used to corrupt legal disputes in football and other sports.
Detectives from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit have spoken to more than 50 witnesses and say they are ‘following up a number of positive lines of enquiry’ after launching a national inquiry with the arrest of two men and the search of premises.
It is understood that the cases at the centre of the probe include disputes between players and their agents, and transfer rows involving players, clubs and agents. Disputes between managers and clubs are also thought to feature.
The cases at the centre of the probe include disputes between players, clubs and their agents
Officers are examining whether a variety of crimes have been committed, relating to Conspiracy to Defraud, Perverting the Course of Justice, Perjury and Data Protection Act offences.
A police spokesperson said: ‘The investigation is continuing and we have been able to trace and interview witnesses, which will help the investigation team to determine the veracity of the allegations made.
‘We continue to work closely with the respective sporting bodies who regulate sport with a view to expediting the enquiry. If anyone has information which may be able to assist with our enquiries, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.’
The investigation, which is ongoing, was triggered following a report in The Times on how records of customer bills could be changed by a private phone retailer.
Detectives have spoken to more than 50 witnesses to help them with their enquiries