Police investigate death threats and 'lethal' powder sent to Grant

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Anti-Semitic death threats have been sent to the Chelsea manager, Avram Grant, in a package containing a mysterious powder, police said yesterday.

The club's training ground at Cobham, Surrey, was sealed off after a member of staff opened the package on Tuesday. A note addressed to Grant claimed the powder was lethal.

A police source confirmed that the note to Grant included the words: "You are a back-stabbing Jewish bastard. When you open this letter you will die a very slow and painful death."

Death threats of a sexual nature were also made to Grant's wife, Tzofit, a well-known television personality in the couple's native Israel.

A spokesman for Surrey Police said: "We were called to Chelsea's training ground at Cobham at 12.15pm yesterday after they received a suspicious package.

"A white powder contained within the package was analysed by specialists from Surrey Fire Service and was determined to be a harmless substance. Detectives are continuing investigations to identify the source of the package."

At the time Grant was in Athens ahead of Chelsea's Champions League 0-0 draw against Olympiakos on Tuesday night.

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