Wednesday July 7, 2010
Man City deny scam link
LONDON: Premier League side Manchester City issued a strong statement on Monday, denying any involvement in an alleged scam involving fraudsters posing as FIFA-licensed football agents.
“It has been brought to Manchester City’s attention that a number of aspiring young footballers have regrettably fallen victim to a chain scam that is currently circulating worldwide,” said the statement.
The con sees the fraudsters, posing as agents, offering young players the chance of a trial with a club in exchange for money. The statement claims that “a number” of Premier League clubs have been involved.
“Manchester City would like to make it clear that we are in no way affiliated to the scheme. The club’s academy have never and will never operate in this manner.”
City finished fifth in the Premier League last season. — AFP