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Bray 'to cooperate'

BRAY Wanderers are facing a serious challenge as the fraud squad and Department of Sport are investigating how €450,000 of Government grants were used by the club.

But the club last night stated they were "entirely unaware of any Garda investigation" and that Wanderers were "prepared to provide the fullest cooperation with the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport and An Garda Síochána".

A new board is in charge of the club since a takeover last year but they will still have to deal with claims that €452,891 in capital grants was not properly spent. Bray received €1.4m in grants for work on their Carlisle Grounds home between 1998 and 2009 but two former members of the club have provided information to the Department of Sport, claiming that €450,000 was not spent on the stadium but was allocated to other areas of the club.

Wanderers are also being pursued by former player Darren Quigley in relation to disputed payments. The club said: "Bray Wanderers are committed to keeping Premier League football in the town."