Probe club shares suspended

SHARES in Birmingham City Football Club were suspended on the London Stock Exchange today amid a corruption investigation.

SHARES in Birmingham City Football Club were suspended on the London Stock Exchange today amid a corruption investigation.

Trading in the club's shares was halted "pending an announcement", after it emerged that managing director Karren Brady and co-owner David Sullivan had been interviewed.

Brady, 39, and Sullivan, 59, were questioned and bailed by officers from City of London's economic crime unit, who raided the club's offices last month.

The club confirmed last night the pair were interviewed by appointment and were happy to cooperate with police.

Detectives from City of London Police investigating alleged corruption in English football made seven arrests as part of the same inquiry last November.

A Birmingham City spokesman said last night the club was "fully committed' to helping police with their inquiries.

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He said: "David Sullivan and Karren Brady, on behalf of Birmingham City Football Club, were invited to cooperate with a City of London Police investigation and have happily done so.

"By long-standing appointment, they have willingly attended interviews today.

"Birmingham City Football Club is fully committed to helping the police with their inquiries.

"For the avoidance of doubt, no charges have been brought.

"We have been requested by the police not to comment further whilst their inquiry is ongoing.'

Detectives confirmed they questioned a 59-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting.

They were released on bail, police confirmed.