Fraud arrests at Middlesbrough Football Club charity

Middlesbrough FC
Image caption Middlesbrough FC is helping police investigate financial irregularities with the charity

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of defrauding tens of thousands of pounds from a charity linked to Middlesbrough Football Club.

Investigators were called in to the MFC in the Community centre in Eston after an internal inquiry revealed alleged financial irregularities.

A 31-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of fraud and money laundering.

They have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Praised by Blair

Middlesbrough set up its football in the community scheme 15 years ago to put something back into the local community.

It uses football to promote education and healthy living, and was praised in 2007 by the then prime minister Tony Blair as one of the best in the country.

Although it is supported financially by the club, the scheme is run separately, with its own board of trustees.

Dave Allan, head of communications at the club, said: "We can confirm that following an internal investigation we are now assisting the police with inquiries regarding financial irregularities relating to our community scheme."

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