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Five men have been arrested in connection with alleged corruption in football, police have said.

City of London Police said the men - aged 69, 60, 55, 48 and 30 - were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting.

Portsmouth football club said manager Harry Redknapp and chief executive Peter Storrie were among those held.

The arrests were part of the force's ongoing investigation into corruption within the game, a spokeswoman said.

Two searches are still under way and 10 others have been concluded at locations across the country.

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

The club is fully supportive of Peter and Harry who are co-operating fully with City of London Police in this ongoing inquiry

Portsmouth FC

In July, officers raided Newcastle United, Portsmouth and Rangers football clubs as part of the inquiry.

A spokesman for Portsmouth said on Wednesday that the club's chief executive and manager had "been asked to help police with their inquiries concerning a matter dating back to 2003".

"This was prior to the new owner taking control of the club at the beginning of 2006," he said.

"The club is fully supportive of Peter and Harry who are co-operating fully with City of London Police in this ongoing inquiry.

"Both are playing major roles in the continued success of Portsmouth Football Club."

Seven arrests

Last year, the Premier League asked former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens and his company, Quest, to carry out a separate inquiry into several hundred player transfer deals.

In June, Lord Stevens presented his final report, which highlighted concerns over 17 transfers and five Premier League clubs.

City of London Police have distanced their investigation from Lord Stevens' inquiry.

The latest arrests bring the total number of people detained in connection with the investigation to seven.

In September, a 28-year-old man was arrested in London and in May, a 61-year-old man was arrested in Manchester on suspicion of money laundering.

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Re: ***Redknapp held in football inquiry***

Beat me to it. Was about to post myself. Guess this blows his bid to become England manager then.

Although he has only been arrested, so early days. Remember when the Panorama documentary mentioned him regarding the race horse everyone in the media saying how much rubbish. Personally hope it turns out to be rubbish, but if there is any corruption in football then it is good that the Police is taking is seriously as clearly the FA never has.

Sounds like there may be a football story next summer after all if this comes to trial.

For info on the case

http://forum.soccermanager.com/showthread.php?t=14425&highlight=city+london

http://forum.soccermanager.com/showthread.php?t=14106&highlight=city+london

http://forum.soccermanager.com/showthread.php?t=14106&highlight=city+london

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Re: ***Redknapp held in football inquiry***

Just noticed the following on the BBC website.

Blues bosses arrested by police

Karren Brady and David Sullivan

Brady and Sullivan say they are "committed to helping police"

Birmingham City co-owner David Sullivan and managing director Karren Brady have been arrested and questioned by police.

City of London Police investigating alleged corruption in English football said they arrested a man, 59, and a woman 39, on Wednesday.

The pair were questioned in connection with allegations of false accounting and conspiracy to defraud.

A club statement said it was "fully committed to helping police with their inquiries". Both were bailed.

The statement said: "David Sullivan and Karren Brady on behalf of Birmingham City Football Club were invited to co-operate with a City of London Police investigation and have happily done so.

"By longstanding appointment, they have willingly attended interviews today."

Last month police raided Birmingham City FC in an "ongoing investigation into football corruption".

Seven other people are currently on bail as part of the investigation by City of London Police.

Among those previously arrested during the investigation are Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp, the club's chief executive Peter Storrie and former chairman Milan Mandaric.

Former Portsmouth midfielder Amdy Faye, a Senegalese international, has also been questioned by police.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/7339447.stm

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