New police probe into Defoe transfer

City of London Police, conducting a marathon investigation into football fraud, have made new inquiries into the transfer of England striker Jermain Defoe from Tottenham to Portsmouth.

Defoe's former agent Sky Andrew has been questioned by the police's football unit about the controversial £9million move completed on deadline day of last January's transfer window and is also the subject of an on-going FA inquiry.

e again during the Barclays Premier League match between Portsmouth and Wigan Athletic at Fratton Park  on November 1, 2008 in Portsmouth, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt

Last day move: Defoe's Portsmouth transfer has come under the spotlight

Andrew, who claims to have a representative contract for Defoe that runs until next January, played no part in negotiations and, as a result, launched a £1.5m claim against the Pompey striker which has been the subject of a four-day arbitration tribunal case under FA regulations this week in London.

Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy have given evidence for Defoe at the hearing presided over by three QCs, including Tony Blair's wife Cherie.

Defoe, who was at the arbitration for two of the days, argued that he represented himself during the transfer talks and was accompanied only by his mother Sandra. Andrew is alleging that rival SP management agents Mitchell Thomas and Stuart Peters were working for Defoe. A verdict is not expected for a few weeks.

City of London Police would not comment on whether the Defoe case was the fresh evidence which has resulted in a delayed Crown Prosecution Service decision on whether there is enough material to bring charges based on Premier League bung files.

Storrie, one-time Portsmouth owner Milan Mandaric and the club's former manager Harry Redknapp, plus agent Willie McKay and Birmingham manager director Karren Brady remain on bail after being arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting.


Carra's book flying off the shelves

Jamie Carragher's excellent autobiography is proving this year's bestselling sports book, even though shops have been complaining about the large number of copies that have disappeared from outlets in the North West. One Waterstone's branch - not in Liverpool, it has to be said, but in genteel Cheshire - reports the theft of 20 Carra books.


McManchester United

The global credit crunch might be impacting on Manchester United more than was realised judging by the sight of chief executive David Gill (right) enjoying a McChicken sandwich on Thursday night at a McDonald's in Kensington, London.


Delegation backs quick relegation

First division rugby clubs will have to accept at short notice five teams being relegated this season so that a 12-team second tier professional league under the Guinness Premiership can start next year. This follows a close vote in favour during a marathon sevenhour RFU Council meeting yesterday.


Brooking not looking to go

headquarters before England coach Sven Goran Eriksson (not in picture) at the Football Association Headquarters in Soho Square, London, Monday 23 January 2006

FA youth development director Sir Trevor Brooking won't give up his position lightly despite his savaging from Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney, who works so closely with FA chairman Lord Triesman.

Brooking, far more opinionated on FA matters than he ever was as a BBC football pundit, will argue that he didn't say anything on Thursday's 5 Live programme about youth funding that he hadn't stressed many times before - and he was put up to appear on the radio show by the FA communications department.


Money, money, money, must be FA

FA and 2018 chairman Lord Triesman has recommended to his World Cup campaign board that the chief executive of the bid, being chosen from five candidates interviewed yesterday, will earn a whopping £500,000-a-year.

Triesman also proposed that the chief operating officer post, for which former Manchester United executive Nick Humby is challenging temporary FA incumbent Simon Johnson, should be worth £200,000, while the bid chairman himself should receive £100,000 for two days' work a week.

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