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Sports Direct's head offices searched by police

Sports Direct’s head office in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, has been visited by police as part of an investigation into the former ownership of Rangers football club.

Mike Ashley, founder of the sportswear giant, is a shareholder in Rangers and detectives are investigating the football club’s former owners Craig Whyte and Charles Green.

In a statement Sports Direct said: “The premises of Sports Direct at Shirebrook were visited by Police Scotland conducting an investigation relating to Glasgow Rangers FC and various persons previously employed by and or associated with Rangers.

“The police investigation is not directed at Sports Direct or at any of its directors or employees. The police were seeking documentation which might assist the investigation. Sports Direct has co-operated fully and will continue to cooperate in the provision of information that the police request.”

Ashley has a 9% stake in Rangers and controls the club’s retail operations.

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