Wednesday 23 October 2019

Police to investigate Willie McKay over alleged 'kill everyone' threats to Cardiff City officials

Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala
Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala

Harry Clarke

Police in England are investigating alleged threats made to Cardiff City officials by the man who booked Emiliano Sala's doomed flight.

The Telegraph reports that Willie McKay allegedly threatened to "kill everybody" at the club and a complaint from the Premier League side also states that he made similar threats to individuals in person and by telephone.

Witness statements have been lodged with police and the threats are being taken very seriously, according to the Telegraph.

South Wales Police said that it "can confirm that a complaint has been received from Cardiff City Football Club and is currently being investigated".

McKay is alleged to have told club officials: "I'll kill everybody if my sons get slaughtered."

Both of his sons, Mark and Jack, were involved in Sala's transfer from Nantes to Cardiff with Mark one of the agents involved and Jack making arrangements for the trip from France to England.

Former football agent McKay believes he and his son have been made scapegoats for the plane crash that killed Sala.

The 28-year-old Argentinian striker died, along with pilot David Ibbotson, when the Piper Malibu aircraft they were travelling in came down in the English Channel on January 21, two days after Cardiff had made him their record signing.

McKay believes Cardiff had abandoned the player and left him to arrange his own travel plans, insisting that the Premier League club could have done more.

"He was abandoned in a hotel more or less to do his travel arrangements himself, nobody at Cardiff seemed to be doing anything," McKay told BBC Sport recently.

"It was a bit embarrassing from Cardiff's situation because they had a player that was worth 17million euros and then left him to sort a hotel for himself and go on the computer and look for a flight himself. I think Cardiff let themselves down badly."

Cardiff have strongly disputed that claim in a previous statement which said that their offer of organising a seat on a commercial flight for Sala was declined.

"People will look for a scapegoat - me initially - and in the end, they will probably say it is pilot error," said McKay.

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