Manchester

Sammy Lee and Phil Gartside cleared over £1m McCann transfer

Sammy Lee Image copyright PA
Image caption Sammy Lee played for Liverpool in the 1970s and 80s and was part of Sven-Goran Eriksson's England coaching team

Senior football figures including ex-Liverpool and England coach Sammy Lee have been cleared of all charges stemming from a transfer deal dispute.

Agent Tony McGill, from Sunderland, claimed he was cut out of a 2007 £1m deal which saw Gavin McCann move from Aston Villa to Bolton Wanderers.

No evidence was offered against Bolton, its chairman Phil Gartside, Mr Lee, Mr McCann and several others.

As a technicality, "not guilty" pleas were entered at Newcastle Crown Court.

The agent started a private prosecution against the parties following a legal battle over his claims he was cut out of McCann's transfer.

The Crown Prosecution Service later took over the case.

Image copyright ALLSPORT/GETTYIMAGES
Image caption Former Bolton midfielder Gavin McCann, centre, also played for Everton and Sunderland

At the hearing, Judge Tim Gittins told the defendants: "That brings the matter to an end."

The issue of costs for all sides has yet to be decided.

Those cleared are:

  • Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside, 62, from Northwich, Cheshire, who faced five counts of perjury and one of fraud by false representation
  • Southampton and ex-England coach Sammy Lee, from Liverpool, who faced four counts of perjury
  • Bolton Wanderers Football Club secretary Simon Marland, 55, from Chorley, Lancashire, who faced five counts of perjury and one of false representation
  • Brentford director of football Frank McParland, 55, from Warrington, who faced four counts of perjury
  • Former footballer Gavin McCann, from Lytham, Lancashire, who faced four counts of perjury and one of fraud by false representation
  • Football agent Jerome Anderson, 56, from London, who faced four counts of perjury and one of fraud by false representation
  • Lawyer Chris Farnell, 45, from Hale, Greater Manchester, who faced two counts of perjury
  • Agent Stephen Horner, 49, from Brindle, Lancashire, who faced two counts of perjury
  • Agent David Sheron, 62, from Rossett, North Wales, who faced four counts of perjury
  • Agent Jeffrey Weston, 61, from Mill Hill, London, who faced five counts of perjury and one of fraud by false representation

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites