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The Football Association’s claims director was blackmailed by a professional player in a plot that saw his ‘wife and children threatened’

A manager at the heart of a stunning blackmail case is being investigated by the FA after a failed trial last week.

The anonymous gaffer had accused a professional player of having tried to extract thousands of pounds from him, in particular by threatening his family.


The FA opened an investigation after the trial failed last weekCredit: Getty

Neither the alleged victim nor the two suspects charged in the case can be named for legal reasons.

However, the trial broke down last week when the official refused to testify against those he had accused.

Both suspects were found not guilty by Derby Crown Court with the case dismissed.

It has now emerged that the FA have opened an investigation into the manager, which could see them face FA charges.

English football’s governing body is believed to have known about the case for a long time.

There have been suggestions it has to do with the bets of those involved in the case, but this has not been confirmed.

The FA declined to comment.

The two players, one currently under contract and the other ex-pro, had both been charged with blackmail and perverting the course of justice.

They denied all charges.

It comes after news broke that Juventus ace Paul Pogba is under police protection in Italy amid his own blackmail ordeal.

Pogba’s own brother Mathias has been accused of being part of the gang who tried to extort the former Man Utd midfielder for a large sum.

Mathias previously claimed his younger brother paid a wizard to curse his French team-mate Kylian Mbappe.