Cape Town City among a number of international clubs duped by a fake footballer

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City owner John Comitis‚ according to club spokesman Julian Bailey‚ signed the supposed right winger from the Netherlands on the advice of a “well trusted international agent.”

Bernio Verhagen‚ supposedly a promising 25-year-old right wing from the Netherlands who had trained at several top clubs‚ was signed by the Premier Soccer League club in August but quickly turned out to be useless and the club let him quietly leave to avoid embarrassment.

“But it turned out to be a fake phone call with someone imitating the agent. Unfortunately we had done the paperwork but luckily no money had been paid over‚” he explained. He has since been arrested for an alleged hold up outside the train station in the Danish town after a charge of fraud had been laid against him by the club.

Verhagen was allegedly represented by the London based Stellar Group‚ who are a formidable force in the business of buying and selling players The story with Danes is much the same as that of Comitis‚ signing the player after being approached by agents claiming to be from the Stellar Group.

 

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That is what happens when management employ players without coach's input! Big lesson for John and others.

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