Shinawatra could face Premier League probe- 12 Aug 2008 00:00:00
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has stated that he would be willing to investigate controversial Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra under the league’s ‘fit and proper person’ regulations.
Thai businessman Thaksin faces corruption charges in Thailand and a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear in court in Bangkok.
The scenario has prompted calls for the Manchester City owner to be put before the Premier League’s test to ensure that only ‘fit and proper people’ are owners or directors of Premier League clubs.
The regulation states that ‘any director of a club is automatically disqualified’ if convicted of one of a number of offences by a 'competent court' anywhere in the world.
Premier League chief executive Scudamore said: ‘If we feel the rule has been breached, we will invoke it. But we have a club owner who has not yet been found guilty of any offence.
‘We will not turn a blind eye to issues of a serious nature (but) it is quite a complex matter and we can't just make a judgement on the spot.’
He also said the league would seek advice from the UK Home Office and Foreign Office before making any decision.
Thaksin is currently facing charges of corruption and abuse of power in Thailand, which he has denied.
Thaksin's wife, Pojaman, was sentenced to three years in jail for tax fraud two weeks ago but was granted bail.
The couple fled to Britain on Sunday after watching the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing.
The Thai government could ask for Britain to extradite Thaksin so he can face trial in Bangkok.
The two countries have a long-standing extradition treaty and Thailand's democratic government is recognised by Britain.