Thaksin could face League probe
Wednesday, 13 August 2008

The chief of the Premier League says he would be willing to subject Manchester City owner Thaksin Shinawatra to the fit and proper person test, reports BBC.

Thaksin faces corruption charges in Thailand and a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear in court in Bangkok on Monday.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: "If we feel the rule has been breached, we will invoke it.

"(But) we have a club owner who has not yet been found guilty of any offence."

The test was introduced to ensure that only "fit and proper people" are owners or directors of Premier League clubs.

It states that "any director of a club is automatically disqualified if convicted of one of a number of offences by a 'competent court' anywhere in the world."
Thaksin is currently facing charges of corruption and abuse of power in Thailand, which he has denied.

Scudamore added: "We will not turn a blind eye to issues of a serious nature (but) it is quite a complex matter and we can't just make a judgement on the spot."

He also said the league would seek advice from the UK Home Office and Foreign Office before making any decision.

Thaksin's wife, Pojaman, was sentenced to three years in jail for tax fraud two weeks ago but was granted bail.

The couple fled to Britain on Sunday after watching the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing.

The Thai government could ask for Britain to extradite Thaksin so he can face trial in Bangkok.

The two countries have a long-standing extradition treaty and Thailand's democratic government is recognised by Britain.
Spurs sign Zaragoza keeper Sanchez(DC pic4)
AFP, LONDON  - Tottenham's radical overhaul continued on Tuesday with Real Zaragoza goalkeeper Cesar Sanchez signed up to act as understudy to new first choice keeper Heurelho Gomes.

Gomes arrived from PSV Eindhoven to replace Paul Robinson, one of seven players who have left White Hart Lane over the summer.

The 36-year-old Sanchez, who earned a Spanish cap earlier in his career, arrives in London on a year-long loan.

The veteran played in the Champions League final for Real Madrid against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.

Dimitar Berbatov also played in that Hampden Park final, for Bayer Leverkusen, but a reunion is unlikely as the Bulgaria striker has told club officials he wants to leave for Manchester United.

Spurs are waiting for an improved offer from the Premier League and European champions.

Spurs coach Juande Ramos has a list of targets he has handed to chairman Daniel Levy and sporting director Damien Comolli in anticipation of Berbatov's departure.

His transfer would follow those of fellow striker Robbie Keane to Liverpool, Steed Malbranque, Pascal Chimbonda and Teemu Tainio to Sunderland and defender Younes Kaboul to Portsmouth.

Aside from Sanchez and Gomes Spurs have also recruited David Bentley for an initial 15 million pounds (22 million euros) from Blackburn, Croatian playmaker Luka Modric and Mexican youngster Giovani dos Santos.

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