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Ex-football agent claims ‘witch hunt’ as he denies bankruptcy spending charges

Willie McKay denied two offences when he appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court.

Willie McKay arrives at Manchester Magistrates’ Court (Peter Byrne/PA)
Willie McKay arrives at Manchester Magistrates’ Court (Peter Byrne/PA)

By Pat Hurst, PA

Former football “super-agent” Willie McKay has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges and claimed to be a victim of a “witch hunt”.

McKay, 60, denied two offences when he made a brief appearance at Manchester Magistrates’ Court.

The defendant, who has represented a number of high-profile football stars, denied two charges under the Insolvency Act.

The charges are that as a bankrupt he made a gift of property by spending £9,100 to buy a Rolex Date Just II watch for his wife in Leeds on December 14 2014; and that a day later he spent £54,000 on a Jaguar XK5 car for his wife in Doncaster.

After entering his not guilty pleas the 10-minute hearing was adjourned for a pre-trial hearing next month.

Outside court McKay, who was involved in the transfer of Emiliano Sala to Cardiff City before the striker died in a plane crash in January, approached reporters and protested his innocence.

He said: “This is an ongoing persecution. That’s what this is all about.” He claimed to be victim of a “witch hunt” by the authorities.

Earlier Andrew Evans, prosecuting, said the gifts amounted to £63,100 and the matter should not be dealt with at the magistrates’ court but at a higher court.

David Marsh, defending McKay, said the defendant would elect to be tried by a jury at the higher court.

McKay, of Craighead Road, Glasgow, was given unconditional bail until his next appearance at Manchester Crown Court on October 3.

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