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Downing's former agent charged with fraud

The former agent of England winger Stewart Downing has been charged with five counts of fraud, police have said, reports The Guardian. Ian Elliott was arrested in September last year in relation to allegations of financial irregularities made by the former Middlesbrough player.

Downing was sold to Aston Villa in the summer following Middlesbrough's relegation and has just returned from a long-term injury.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "A 51-year-old man from the Tyneside area has been charged with five counts of fraud and is due to appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court in the New Year."



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