The chairman of troubled Croydon Athletic Football Club has been found dead near his home.
The body of chairman David Le Cluse was found with a bullet wound to the head at 10.40 on Saturday morning in a garage in Park Gate Road, Sutton, close to his home.
Croydon Athletic FC has had a troubled summer that saw the club facing possible extinction when owner Mazhar Majeed became embroiled in cricket match-fixing allegations against the Pakistan team. His assets were frozen and the Ryman Premier Division team faced mounting debts and the loss of its its manager, assistant manager and a number of players. It was forced to cancel a number of fixtures. However, things had recently been looking up for the Rams, as Mazhar Majeed was at the last minute able to pay a financial bond to the Ryman League and Football Association, assuring the club’s future for the coming season.
In a statement Croydon Athletic said it was “deeply shocked and saddened” at the death of Mr Le Cluse and added: “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”.
The Metropolitan Police said the circumstances of Mr Le Cluse’s death are being treated as unexplained and inquires are ongoing.
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