Croydon Athletic chairman found dead

The chairman of Croydon Athletic FC, who was caught up in the Pakistan spot-fixing scandal, was found dead near his home in Surrey this weekend.

David Le Cluse, 44, was found dead with a gunshot wound near his home in Sutton, in the suburbs of south London. The Guardian is suggesting that Le Cluse killed himself after the club’s owner Mazhar Majeed was arrested over the allegations that he was involved in the scandal, and the club become embroiled in it.

‘He was very upset at the allegations and the club getting involved,’ said the club’s former manager Tim O’Shea to The Times. ‘It probably hit him harder than most because of his personal friendship with Majeed. He wanted nothing more than for the club to succeed and he was probably upset and affected by it more than anybody else.’

‘Croydon Athletic are deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden tragic death of their chairman, David Le Cluse, on Saturday 2 October,’ said a club statement. ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with David's wife and children, and we would ask everyone to respect their privacy at this devastating time for them.’

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