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Conman posed as pal of soccer stars

A conman who tried to book luxury holidays for John Terry and Rio Ferdinand using stolen bank card details has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.

Faisal Madani (48) attempted to spend around £110,000 (€136,000) on other people's credit and debit cards on trips to the Middle East for high- profile sports stars.

He even tried to use the details of underwear model Eva Herzegova to pay for a holiday for Chelsea captain Terry.


Madani was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday, June 12, but Judge Alistair McCreath banned the publication of details of the case until the court had dealt with another charge against him.

He pleaded guilty at the same court to the possession of counterfeit currency. The fraudster, who has already served a jail term after a trial at Chester for forging and selling the autographs of top sports stars, posed as a personal friend of Premier League footballers and their associates, the court heard.

For the holiday frauds, the judge jailed Madani for three years, to run concurrently with the sentence for the £20 Or Less crime, for which he also gave three years. JudgeMcCreath sentenced Madani to another 18 months, consecutive to the other jail terms, for possession of false identity documents. Another judge sentenced him to four months for the possession of counterfeit currency, to run concurrently.