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'Wednesday Player' Cons Welsh Clubs

The name of Italian 'football star' Alessandro Zarelli is being banded around the Welsh Premier League after he tried to con his way in to numerous Welsh clubs.

Zarelli claimed to have played for numerous football clubs, including Wednesday, to try and get himself a contract with clubs in the Welsh Premier League including TNS, Nomads and Bangor City.

But when Bangor City boss Peter Davenport contacted officials at Hillsborough, they claimed to have never heard of the mystery Italian, leaving the Welsh Premier League no option other than to warn clubs about the 'player'.

'He was only here for about a week to 10 days,' Davenport told the BBC

'In that time I checked a bit into his background and it didn't add up.

'He arrived here with a broken nose, so he never actually played for Bangor. He just took part in one warm-up session.

'He was an average player, he wasn't anything special,' Davenport added.

Zarelli claimed to have arrived at the Owls in 2003 before breaking his leg and finishing his time at the club, while also claiming to have returned back to Italy with home sickness after a brief spell with Glasgow Rangers.




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 23 2008

Time: 6:08PM

Your Comments

this was on sky months ago
s66owl
I remember seeing this on Sky over a year ago .
Handsworth Owl
this was ages ago ive seen the documentary well over a year ago, he said we loaned him to mk dons
smiggyswfc
An average player with a broken leg? sounds like a wednesday player to me
greeny9
who
mick66owl
This was a lot longer than a year ago. I can remember seeing the programme at least 2 and a half years ago, repeated on sky many a times!!
will it ever happen
yeah its well old, BBC state 2005 http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/north_west/4326350.stm Is he still available?
OrtonOwl
WHat a weirdo
fivestar
Good story tho. Would've been better if it had worked! The guys got drive if not brains.
YankeeOwl
Bugger! I hadn't seen it before today, maybe I should have checked the date on the BBC site eh? Oh well, hopefully a few haven't seen it either!
nickswfc
I hadn't! lol greeny9 he does sound like one of ours lol
will_swfc9
Give him a shirt, at the rate we are losing players to injury we will need him
abudabi owls
 

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