• Thursday, 4 October 2012

    England embroiled in insurance scam

    The English FA today came under scrutiny as suspicious insurance-buying patterns were seen in San Marino and Poland ahead of the announcement of England's squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against those two nations.

    Large amounts of money were being put into special policies with cover for viciously broken legs and/or cheekbones, loss of use of ankles and additional cracked rib cover - a so-called 'is that type of player' policy - over the last few days ahead of the announcement of the England squad and it was subsequently revealed that Ryan Shawcross would be a member of that squad.

    "In light of Ryan Shawcross's selection", UEFA spokesman Phil Suit told us, "we're investigating the possibility that members of the England selection committee and senior members of the FA had links to insurers with presence in the San Marinese and Polish markets, but feel that no further comment would be appropriate at this time".

    An FA statement said that they would be co-operating fully with the investigation, but nobody would be made available for interview at this stage.

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