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PostPosted: Mon Oct 04, 2010 11:47 am 
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The chairman of a football club caught up in the Pakistan match-fixing scandal is thought to have taken his own life.

David Le Cluse, 44, was found dead on Saturday with gunshot wounds in a garage near his home in Surrey.

He was chairman of Croydon Athletic, whose owner Mazhar Majeed was arrested in August following allegations that members of the Pakistan cricket team were involved in match fixing during their recent tour of England.

Mr Le Cluse, who was married with two children, was said to be devastated when the Ryman League club became embroiled in the scandal.

A statement posted on the club's website said: "Croydon Athletic are deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden tragic death of their chairman, David Le Cluse, on Saturday October 2.

"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."

Croydon Athletic's former manager Tim O'Shea told The Times: "He was very upset at the allegations and the club getting involved.

"It probably hit him harder than most because of his personal friendship with Majeed.

"He wanted nothing more than for the club to succeed and he was probably upset and affected by it more than anybody else."

Majeed was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers and released on bail.

The match-fixing allegations centred on the timing of no-balls delivered during the Test match.

Undercover reporters from the News of the World allegedly paid a middleman £150,000 and in return were told exact details relating to play during the following day.

In video footage released by the paper, Majeed was apparently seen with a pile of money in front of him.

Mr Le Cluse's body was found at 10.40am on Saturday in a garage in Park Gate Road, Sutton, following reports of a man with gunshot wounds.

The Metropolitan Police said: "A 44-year-old man suffered what is believed to have been a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"The circumstances of his death are being treated as unexplained. Inquiries are ongoing."

A post-mortem examination is due to take place.

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THE chief of a football club bankrolled by alleged Pakistani Test fixer Mazhar Majeed has committed suicide.

David Le Cluse, 44, shot himself amid claims he had lost a fortune following the cricket scandal.

The pest control firm boss was also chairman of South London soccer minnows Croydon Athletic, where Majeed is a major figure.

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Garage ... lock-up on left is where Mr Le Cluse went to die

Married dad-of-two Mr Le Cluse was not implicated in the Test betting furore.

But sources said he lost at least £50,000 tied up in business deals with Majeed that fell through as a result of it.


A pal said: "He had a lot of cash invested with Mazhar and 100 per cent the reason behind this is the cricket scandal.

"The talk going round is that Mazhar needs to get out of town. There are a lot of friends of David who aren't happy he's topped himself because of Mazhar."

Mr Le Cluse committed suicide with a rifle on Saturday after travelling two miles from his home in Carshalton, South-West London, to a lock-up.

He shut himself inside the garage, one of a row of three, and fired a shot into his head.

It is believed he used a small-bore rifle, probably one from his firm Merlin Pest Control, licensed for killing vermin. Police and medics raced to the garage but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Relatives and friends at Mr Le Cluse's home were too distraught to comment yesterday.

In a statement Croydon Athletic said it was "shocked and saddened" by his death.

The club was thrown into crisis after Majeed, 37, was quizzed over claims that he took cash to get Pakistani cricketers to throw no-balls against England. The claims are still under investigation.

In an unrelated scandal, previous chairman Dean Fisher was jailed for stealing £500,000 from his media firm employers.

Police said inquiries were ongoing. A man who answered the intercom outside Majeed's plush home had no comment.

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