Faye arrested on suspicion of being a footballer
Unkind? Well.... "Elsewhere last night, midfielder Amdy Faye was not in the Rangers squad that was beaten 3-2 by Stuttgart in the Champions League."
Probably because he was holed up in Glasgow nick ready to be taken down to London to meet fraud squad detectives. The murky old world of brown envelopes, agents, and football is closer to being exposed tonight
Portsmouth boss Harry "me dodgy guv? Leave it out"
Redknapp and his ex-Pompey chairman Milan Mandaric plus current chief executive of Portsmouth Peter Storrie were also arrested as was football parasite, sorry agent Willie McKay. It is clearly an assumption that all four were involved in Amady Faye's £1.5million in 2005 transfer from Auxerre and then his subsequent move to Newcastle for £2m the following year.
A few months ago Spurs' Pascal Chimbonda was arrested on suspicion of fraud along with another man, and both men are on police bail pending further inquiries. Willie McKay, who lives in Monaco, er *puts two and two together*, is also Chimbonda's agent.
It's funny, I was listening to Harry Redknapp being interviewed on The Times TheGame
podcast this morning and was only thinking how underestimated he probably has been as a club coach, although to be fair he was blowing his own do-dar. I then noticed that his odds for the England job were falling (not anymore
) but Redknapp's problem has always been his perceived trustworthyness and reputation in the game.
Since Dowie brought Faye to The Valley, his career has been in downfall but how much Faye was aware of all what was going on in his move from France was probably not an awful lot but clearly the fraud squad think Messrs McKay, Redknapp, Mandaric and Storie know a lot, lot more.