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Police launched raids on English Premier League clubs Newcastle and Portsmouth and Scotland's Glasgow Rangers on Monday as part of an investigation into alleged corruption in soccer.


The raids were instigated by the City of London police, who revealed that search warrants were executed Monday morning.


The investigation is separate to the inquiry carried out by Lord Stevens and his firm Quest into alleged illegal payments in the Premier League.


The homes of two unnamed individuals were also raided by police officers.


The three clubs all stated they had fully co-operated with the police.


Newcastle plc issued a statement which read: "Newcastle United can confirm it was visited this morning by the City of London Police. The club itself is not the subject of the investigation.


"If the investigation by the City of London Police, or the ongoing internal review of operations by the club's new owners, show that the club has been the victim of any criminal activity, the club will take appropriate action."


Gary Double, director of communications at Portsmouth, confirmed the club was involved in the investigation.


He said: "We can confirm that the police arrived at about 10am this morning. We have co-operated fully with their search and will not be commenting further."


Rangers confirmed it too had been approached by police.


A club spokesman said: "Rangers Football Club was asked to co-operate with the police investigation and have done so, extending every co-operation. We have been requested by police not to comment further while the investigation continues."


A City of London Police spokeswoman stressed the raids were not related to the Lord Stevens inquiry.


She said: "We can confirm that search warrants were served at three football clubs and the homes of two individuals in connection with corruption in football and its impact on owners and shareholders. This investigation is a totally independent inquiry.


"It has not been influenced or informed by the Quest inquiry in any way."



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