Merseyside Police have actually taken time out of their busy schedule to contact the Mayor of Liverpool and assure him that there was nothing remotely criminal about Ross Barkley’s recent transfer between Everton and Chelsea.
After seeing Barkley depart for Stamford Bridge for £15million, Mayor Joe Anderson (and Evertonian) was so perturbed by the low transfer fee that he started pointing fingers, even going as far as writing to the FA, the Premier League and the Police, requesting they look into possible fraudulent activity.
The Assistant Chief Constable of @MerseyPolice has contacted @mayor_anderson to tell him no criminal offence took place in Ross Barkley’s move from #Everton to Chelsea. The Mayor of #Liverpool wrote a letter to them asking them to investigate if any fraud took place. pic.twitter.com/Hf5vcblHdX
— BBC Merseyside (@bbcmerseyside) January 16, 2018
One week later, after what must surely count as one of the most frivolous investigations in recent memory, the Merseyside Police have replied to Mayor Anderson after looking into the deal and, surprise surprise, finding nothing untoward.
Proof if proof were needed that football fans really can be over-reactionary, kneejerk numpties sometimes, regardless of the office they hold.