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Police raid clubs in corruption probe- 17 Jul 2007 00:00:00

Police have raided the premises of Newcastle United, Portsmouth and Glasgow Rangers football clubs as part of an investigation into alleged corruption within football.

The action, which is connected to the inquiry into discrepancies in 17 FA Premier League transfers being undertaken by Lord Stevens’ Quest organisation, saw police issue search warrants on the three clubs’ grounds and two homes of unnamed individuals.

Newcastle United were quick to issue a statement confirming the club was visited by police but distancing it from any wrongdoing.

It read: ‘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.’

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.

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