Phil Gartside: Bolton’s chairman faces allegations of perjury

Gartside has been summoned before magistrates to face allegations of perjury and fraud in a private prosecution brought by Tony McGill

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Phil Gartside, Bolton’s chairman, has been summoned before magistrates to face allegations of perjury and fraud in a private prosecution brought by Tony McGill, an agent.

The case is the latest stage in a long running dispute which began when McGill claimed that he was cut out of the deal when Bolton signed Gavin McCann from Aston Villa for £1million in 2007. McGill claims that SEM, a sports agency, was brought in at the last minute to take the deal from him. McGill originally lost a case, in which he sued for £300,000.

If the latest case goes ahead Gartside will be joined in Newcastle magistrates’ court on 25 February, by McCann, Sammy Lee, Bolton’s manager at the time, who face similar allegations, and Frank McParland, who was Bolton’s director of football and now performs a similar role for Brentford. He is accused of perjury.

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