Football: Viduka transfer probe
Wednesday 17 March 1999
Viduka went back to his native Australia immediately following the pounds 3m deal, claiming that he was too stressed to play. Despite the demands of Zagreb and promptings from Uefa, European football's governing body, the Celtic owner, Fergus McCann, refused to pay Viduka's transfer fee, although it now appears that he feared he was being set up.
One newspaper reported that the player himself warned McCann that part of the cash would go directly to officials of the Croatian club. The paper claimed to have a copy of a letter signed by the Celtic director Fergus Sweeney which proves the Parkhead club called for a senior police investigation into the deal.
The letter stated: "My club is understandably disturbed at the events surrounding Viduka's transfer, and the depths of its concern can be gauged by the fact that the circumstances have been reported for investigation to the British police with a view to ascertaining whether there are any fraudulent elements in those circumstances. Viduka has advised Celtic that certain Croatian officials will receive part of this fee."
The letter is believed to have been lodged with world football's governing body, Fifa, although following initial inquiries the police could find no wrongdoing to substantiate Celtic's fears.
Zagreb have so far received pounds 900,000 for a player who has scored four goals in his first two games for Celtic. A final ruling on Viduka's transfer is expected from Fifa later this week.
The Dundee midfielder Dariusz Adamczuk, who was sent off in Saturday's defeat by Dunfermline, has been banned for six games by the Scottish Football Association.
A report from the referee Hugh Dallas has disclosed that Adamczuk was given two red cards, the first for a second booking and the second for his remarks to the referee. This meant he was automatically suspended for two games and, as he passed the 16-point threshold, an extra four games were added.
Adamczuk will not be back until the final three games of the season as Dundee struggle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.
Latest in Sport
Louis van Gaal denies problem with Wilfried Zaha despite Manchester United forward being given no game time
Calum Chambers: Who is Arsenal's £16m right-back target?
Manchester United latest: Angel Di Maria move no closer as Juan Mata emerges as Louis van Gaal's favoured No 10 as prospect of signing
Arsenal transfer news: Versatile Calum Chambers is a 'gamble', admits Arsene Wenger as Arsenal spending passes £50m
Arturo Vidal to Manchester United: Louis van Gaal resurrects £35m move for midfielder
- 1 Secret Cinema: Why were Back to the Future screenings cancelled?
- 2 Christians: The world's most persecuted people
- 3 The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
- 4 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
- 5 Ross Burden dead: MasterChef and Ready Steady Cook star, dies aged 45
The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Opponents of Israel's military operation in Gaza are the real enemies of Middle Eastern peace
£26000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly successful international media organ...
£35000 - £41000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: QA Manager -...
Very Competitive Salary: Austen Lloyd: LONDON - BANKING / PROPERTY FINANCE - ...
£28000 - £30000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: An ambitious...