Chimbonda to play despite recent arrest

September 13, 2007

Tottenham manager Martin Jol insists his team selection for Saturday's north London derby will not be affected by Pascal Chimbonda's questioning by police this week.

The 28-year-old full-back was arrested by City of London police on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and bailed until October.

Jol said today: 'Pascal trained Monday and Tuesday, yesterday he was off so there is no issue. He will train today, so for me there's no problem.'

The City of London police are carrying out an investigation into corruption in football that is separate to the inquiry by Lord Stevens' firm Quest.

Chimbonda was the second person to be arrested by the force's investigation team - a 61-year-old man was arrested in Manchester in March on suspicion of money laundering.

In July, officers from the City of London police carried out raids at Newcastle, Portsmouth and Rangers and took away computers and documents.

Deals involving Chimbonda's agent Willie McKay are also reported to be under investigation by officers but he has insisted repeatedly that he has done nothing wrong.

He told PA Sport: 'I think you will find that it is all a load of rubbish.'

Stevens' firm Quest have carried out a lengthy investigation into Premier League transfers and the Football Association are still to decide whether any clubs or individuals will face disciplinary action for breaching regulations.