Football agent slams ‘terrorist operation’

By Richard Bright

Football agent Willie McKay has claimed that a police raid on his home earlier this week was conducted like a “terrorist operation”.

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    McKay’s house was targeted by City of London police officers on Wednesday morning as part of their investigation into allegations of corruption in the game, although he insisted that he had done nothing wrong.

  • Speaking about the raid, McKay said: “It was 6am, all I could hear was people shouting ‘police’ – I got out of bed and there were police officers all over the place.

    “I got ready, but I was absolutely startled and amazed they actually came up into my bedroom – I think there were around 28 [officers involved]. How on earth can an inquiry for allegedly giving a player money lead to 28 officers storming my house with my family inside. It’s incredible.

    “They were looking for transfer documents and the strange thing is that twice my lawyer has contacted the police and said, ‘we’re quite happy to meet you, speak with you and show any documentation you want’.

    “I don’t blame the officers themselves. Their orders were to come up here, but it was like a terrorist operation. It was like something out of a film.”

    McKay was arrested on Wednesday along with Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie, former chairman Milan Mandaric, former player Amdy Faye and the Portsmouth manager, Harry Redknapp – who yesterday also protested his innocence.

    McKay continued: “They didn’t charge me, but said it was about giving Amdy Faye money. Does that warrant 28 police officers storming your house?

    “There are other things the police could be doing rather than coming up here – I could have gone down there. They see fit to do this, and it’s upset me and my family.”

    McKay has no doubt that he would be cleared of any wrongdoing.

    “I’m not confident, I know I will be,” he said.

    “The worrying thing is, how can somebody launch an attack like this on my property through lies? That’s all it’s been.”

    After his prominent involvement in the Quest inquiry conducted by Lord Stevens into alleged bungs, when he decided to publicly ‘out’ himself as one of the nine unnamed agents who were supposedly unco-operative – something he also vehemently denied – McKay felt he was being victimised.

    He claimed: “A chairman of a club in the North-West about three years ago told me ‘they’re gunning for you, it’s your head they want.”

    “I have been through everything – the Quest investigation, this investigation, that investigation – where is it all coming to?”