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***From the BBC***

Police raid three football clubs

Newcastle's St James' Park

Newcastle's St James' Park was one of three grounds raided

Police have raided three football clubs as part of an investigation into alleged corruption.

Newcastle United, Portsmouth and Rangers are believed to be the three clubs involved.

The operation is not connected to Lord Stevens's ongoing Quest inquiry into the Premiership and was "totally independent", police said.

Search warrants were executed on the club premises and two homes between 0730 and 0900 BST.

A City of London Police spokesman said: "We can confirm that search warrants were served at three football clubs and the homes of two individuals in connection with corruption in football and its impact on owners and shareholders."

'Criminal activity'

Newcastle United issued a statement confirming the club was visited by police.

"The club itself is not the subject of the investigation," it said.

"If the investigation by the City of London Police, or the ongoing internal review of operations by the club's new owners, show that the club has been the victim of any criminal activity, the club will take appropriate action."

We can confirm police arrived around 10am today

Gary Double

Portsmouth FC

A Northumbria Police spokesman said they were aware that "an operation" had been carried out by their London colleagues at St James' Park, the home of Newcastle United.

A spokesman for Rangers said: "Rangers football club was asked to co-operate with a police investigation and have done so, extending every co-operation to police.

"We have been requested by police not to comment further while the investigation is on-going."

Strathclyde Police confirmed that its officers had executed a search warrant on behalf of City of London Police.

Gary Double, director of communications at Portsmouth, said on Monday: "We can confirm police arrived around 10am today.

"We have co-operated fully with their search and will not be commenting further."

On-going inquiry

Detectives from the economic crime unit at City of London Police are investigating allegations of corruption within football and its impact on owners and shareholders.

Last month, they arrested a 61-year-old man in Manchester on suspicion of money laundering.

The BBC's Andy Swiss said police had denied any link between Monday's raids and the Stevens inquiry.

But he said the BBC had learned that information about 17 player transfers had been passed to the City of London Police by the Quest team.

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***BREAKING NEWS: Police raid three football clubs***

***From SKYSPORTS***

Newcastle, Portsmouth and Rangers have confirmed they were visited by Police on Monday.

City of London Police instigated raids on three football clubs as they investigated corruption in football.

Northumbria Police were first to reveal that Newcastle were one of the clubs, but the Magpies have been quick to deny that they are under investigation - despite being visited by police.

"Newcastle United can confirm that it was visited this morning by the City of London Police," read a Newcastle statement.

"The club itself is not the subject of the investigation.

"If the investigation by the City of London Police, or the ongoing internal review of operations by the club's new owners, show that the club has been the victim of any criminal activity, the club will take appropriate action."

Rangers and Portsmouth both confirmed they were also helping the Police with their enquiries.

"We can confirm that the police arrived at about 10am this morning [Monday]," said Pompey's director of communications Gary Double.

"We have co-operated fully with their search and will not be commenting further."

A Rangers spokesman said: "Rangers Football Club was asked to co-operate with the police investigation and have done so, extending every co-operation.

"We have been requested by police not to comment further while the investigation continues."

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Re: ***BREAKING NEWS: Police raid three football clubs***

lol Raangeers bye byeee

We all know nothing is goin to happen out of all this a 9no club is goin to be relegated like in italy or people banned for life (allardyce) wont happen

I guess only time will tell. But the most interesting part of this is the line "Detectives from the economic crime unit at City of London Police are investigating allegations of corruption within football and its impact on owners and shareholders."

Believe me this is potentially extremely serious if any one is ever found guilty in court. A simple life ban or points deduction would be the least of their worries. The City of London Police may be the smallest force in the UK, but they are the UK experts at uncovering fraud and other financial crime.

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Re: ***BREAKING NEWS: Police raid three football clubs***

Looks like it's Souness who is one of the guilty men I have heard.

Certainly seems to be connected to the Boumsong signing as Lord Stevens was highly critical in his report. Always seemed either dodgy or incompetent.

Or maybe it's all to do with the Ali Dia debacle then :) Another quality Souness signing.

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