Football agent arrested over threatening email to ex-Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia as police investigate possible blackmail after £300,000 was d

A leading football agent has been arrested on suspicion of blackmailing ex-Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia. The British man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sent a threatening email to Granovskaia demanding £300,000 for his role in a transfer. Granovskaia left Chelsea earlier this yearRex Features It is understood the message was received in May while the Russian-born executive was working on the sale of Chelsea from former owner Roman Abramovich to a consortium led by Todd Boehly. Details of the email have been shared with The Times. It reportedly read: “I will make you pay for the way you have been. “That’s not a threat… it’s a promise. If Chelsea don’t pay it’s on you… see you when I see you. “I will give you the chance to make things correct if you apologise for your behaviour towards me. If you don’t then I promise you I will make you pay for the way you have been with me on a personal and business level. This is not a threat so take it how you want. This is a promise that I give to anybody who f***s/tries to f*** me over in anything in life. “In summary you owe me and my partners 300k which needs to get paid ASAP. If Chelsea don’t pay it then the debt will be on you to pay. I am done trying to be nice to you.” Granovskaia reported the email to Chelsea and the Metropolitan Police, who confirmed a man was arrested and released on bail in September. Granovskaia spent nine years at Stamford BridgeRex Features Most read in Football UCL Liverpool 2-0 Rangers LIVE REACTION: Klopp says huge win 'was exactly what we needed' sad to see Klopp, Henderson and Trent murals defaced ahead of Liverpool vs Rangers dig Man United's Antony slammed for habit that 'would annoy the hell' out of Van der Vaart ISSUE Souness fears Klopp has repeated Shankly mistake with Liverpool miles away from title Inside info 'They are waiting' - Arsenal legend Wright teases fans about incoming signings opened up Michael Owen on 'secret' Liverpool clause and drops Newcastle transfer revelation A police spokesman said: “Officers from Met’s MO6 Public Order Crime Team are investigating an allegation of blackmail reported to police in June. On September 19 a man was arrested in connection with the investigation. He was later released on bail.” A lawyer representing the agent said his client ‘strenuously denies the allegation’ and ‘has not been charged with any offence at this time’. Granovskaia joined Chelsea in 2013, overseeing the club’s transfer policy and managerial decisions. She left the Blues earlier this year after the £4.25billion takeover of the club was completed. OFFER OF THE DAY NEW CUSTOMER OFFER Back this treble with Betway and get your money back (up to £30) if it loses – CLAIM HERE Tottenham to beat E. Frankfurt Ajax to beat Napoli Barcelona to beat Inter Milan A £30 bet at 7/1 returns £240 or get your money back as a free bet! T&Cs: New UK customers only. Min Deposit: £5. Maximum Free Bet: £30. First bet on a Football or Horse Racing multiple with 3+ selections. Overall odds: 3.00 (2/1) or higher. Free Bets available upon settlement of the qualifying bet. Debit card deposits only. Deposit method restrictions apply. This offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. 18+. BeGambleAware.org. Bet The Responsible Way. Full terms apply.

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