Football: Tigana questioned in French transfers investigation
Former Monaco and Fulham manager Jean Tigana questioned by police in Marseille as part of an investigation into suspect transfers
MARSEILLE, France, January 24, 2008 - Former Monaco and Fulham manager
Jean Tigana was one of several people questioned Wednesday by police in
Marseille as part of an investigation into suspect transfers, sources close to
the inquiry said.
Tigana, who was in charge at Craven Cottage from 2000 to 2003 and recently
left Turkish side Besiktas, was released following questioning, the sources
Others questioned Wednesday were Ranko Stojic, an agent registered with
FIFA in Serbia-Montenegro, and Richard Bettoni, a non-registered but
nonetheless influential agent.
Investigations surrounding half a dozen transfers were opened in Marseille
in June 2005 for alleged "abuse of social assets and illegal exercise of the
profession of player agent and (money) laundering."
Suspect moves include Bettoni's alleged role in the transfer of France
international striker Djibril Cisse from Auxerre to English Premiership side
Liverpool in 2004 and Martin Djetou to Nice a year later.
Bettoni is also under the spotlight regarding other transfers at Paris
Tigana's lawyers meanwhile say their client is the subject of a legal case
brought by Fulham owner Mohamed Al-Fayed, the French coach having left the
London club under a cloud in 2003 amid Fayed concern at his transfer policy.
Tigana won a court dispute over wrongful dismissal against Fulham in summer
2004 and had a case dismissed over allegations that he pocketed commissions on over-valued players he brought to the club.