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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

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this was on sky months ago
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23/09/2008 18:20:00

I remember seeing this on Sky over a year ago .
Handsworth Owl
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23/09/2008 18:53:00

this was ages ago ive seen the documentary well over a year ago, he said we loaned him to mk dons
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23/09/2008 19:00:00

An average player with a broken leg? sounds like a wednesday player to me
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23/09/2008 19:15:00

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23/09/2008 19:39:00

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
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23/09/2008 19:52:00

yeah its well old, BBC state 2005 Is he still available?
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23/09/2008 20:07:00

WHat a weirdo
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23/09/2008 21:40:00

Good story tho. Would've been better if it had worked! The guys got drive if not brains.
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23/09/2008 22:25:00

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!
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23/09/2008 22:31:00

I hadn't! lol greeny9 he does sound like one of ours lol
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24/09/2008 18:46:00

Give him a shirt, at the rate we are losing players to injury we will need him
abudabi owls
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25/09/2008 12:17:00


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