Football chairman found dead

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The chairman of Croydon Athletic, the football club whose owner is caught up in the Pakistan spot-fixing scandal, has been found dead near his home in Surrey following a suspected suicide.

The body of David Le Cluse, 44, was discovered in a garage in Park Gate Road, Sutton, on Saturday morning, with a gunshot wound to the head. A police statement said that the circumstances of the death were as yet unexplained, and that an investigation was ongoing.

Le Cluse, who was married with two children, had reportedly been left devastated by the News of the World revelations in August that had centred on his colleague, the football club owner, Mazhar Majeed, who was arrested on suspicion to defraud bookmakers, and released on bail.

A statement on the club's website said: "Croydon Athletic are deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden tragic death of their chairman, David Le Cluse, on Saturday 2 October. Our thoughts and prayers are with David's wife and children, and we would ask everyone to respect their privacy at this devastating time for them."

Croydon Athletic's former manager Tim O'Shea told The Times: "He was very upset at the allegations and the club getting involved. It probably hit him harder than most because of his personal friendship with Majeed. He wanted nothing more than for the club to succeed."

A postmortem examination will be held.