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Bastia club president in police custody

09 December 2014, 21:33

Bastia - The president of French Ligue 1 strugglers Bastia, Pierre-Marie Geronimi, and his wife were on Tuesday placed in police custody as part of a probe into the club's finances, a source close to the enquiry confirmed.

The pair were summoned to appear before police in the Corsican capital as part of a preliminary investigation into the movement of funds between Bastia and a vehicle leasing company of which the football club president is the manager.

The preliminary probe included the surveillance of fund movements carried out by the Anti-Money Laundering Unit of the Ministry of Finance.

Also read: FIFA awards 'not good for football' - Mourinho

The custody period can be extended beyond 48 hours in this type of investigation.

A club statement expressed "its full confidence in President Pierre-Marie Geronimi and... that no irregularities originated from the clubs accounts".

"The sums which were paid by the club to its suppliers, in particular for the hiring of a minibus to transport youngsters from the youth training centre, were all well founded and justified."

It continued: "The deal concerning the stadium with synthetic grass of the youth training centre located in Borgo, did not result in any wrongdoing or irregular cash flow."

Bastia are currently bottom of Ligue 1.


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