The News of the World says it gave Ã‚Â£150,000 to 35-year-old agent Mazhar Majeed, who had promised to arrange for Pakistan to bowl Ã¢â‚¬Å“no ballsÃ¢â‚¬Â during the match.
Police visited the Pakistan team hotel on Saturday night ahead of the final day of the LordÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Test, which England eventually won by an innings and 225 runs.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Telephones yes, only these three gentlemen. The police have taken their mobile phones away,Ã¢â‚¬Â Saeed said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Allegations are only one thing. They are all serious, whether they are small or big.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“No allegations are true until they are proved either way, so at this point of time they are just allegations. Obviously we are not delighted about it; we are sad. It was very sober feelings in the dressing room,Ã¢â‚¬Â he added.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“As far as the Scotland Yard investigations are concerned, I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like to say anything more yet – because it is not right for us to do that.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Scotland Yard officers came, interviewed, came to my room, went to his [Butt’s] room and two more. They were there for about two or three hours.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“After that, I asked them if there was anything we could do. They said Ã¢â‚¬ËœnoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Captain Butt was reluctant to comment on the allegations, preferring to wait until investigations are completed.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“These are just allegations,Ã¢â‚¬Â said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Anybody can stand up and say things about you – it doesn’t make them true.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“They include quite a few people. They are still ongoing, and we will see what happens. There is nothing I have seen, or been shown, that involves me.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Former England captain Michael Vaughan wrote on Twitter: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Anger is my thought at the moment. I don’t see how they can get out of this one … It’s just a great shame why this has to happen. Very sad.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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