FEB 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Passport Check For Hadji And Aloisi
City players Moustapha Hadji and John Aloisi are to have their
passports investigated by police specialising in immigration
fraud as part of a crackdown on bogus papers.
National Criminal Intelligence Service has been asked by Sports
Minister Kate Hoey to look at the number of growing problems
with players claiming dual nationality.
players who say they have European citizenship because of dual
nationality are to have their documents checked.
are restricted to having just five non-EU players, and the
European passports are therefore a useful way to get around
who has Moroccan and French passports, and Aloisi, who has
Australian and Italian, will be among 21 premier league players
quizzed by officers.
is no suggestion that either of them is not entitled to the
passports that they hold.
Aloisi will still be a Sky Blues player when the police visit
remains open to question as Bolton Wanderers have expressed an
interest in signing him on loan. The
Trotters also want Colin Hendry on a permanent deal in time for
him to play in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
has surrounded several recent imports, such as Arsenal
midfielder Edu, who was discovered to have a forged Portuguese
passport when he first arrived from Brazil.
is thought that the Russian mafia and other organised crime
could be behind a racket selling false documents to give
footballers the ticket to getting a lucrative deal with a