Ex-United director in custody over alleged financial irregularities

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Former Leeds United managing director David Haigh was in police custody in Dubai last night after being arrested over alleged financial irregularities relating to the ownership and sale of the club by Gulf Finance House.

Haigh, 36, has spent the past four nights in jail after being detained on Sunday morning.

He is understood to have flown to Dubai, the base of GFH’s private-equity arm, GFH Capital, after being offered a new job by the Bahraini bank. Haigh, who denies all claims against him, was detained by police shortly after arriving at the offices of GFH.

Many of the allegations against Haigh relate to GFH’s time as owner of Leeds and the sale of United to Massimo Cellino.

Haigh, who was until recently employed as deputy chief executive of GFH Capital, was one of the men behind GFH’s purchase of Leeds from Ken Bates in December 2012. He left the club earlier this year. A statement from GFH Capital said: “GFH Capital understands a former employee has been arrested in Dubai and charged on suspicion of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering while he was employed at the bank. We are unable to provide any further details while the case is being considered.”

Sources close to Haigh have since told The Yorkshire Post Haigh has not been formally charged with any offence and is continuing to be questioned about the allegations.