Fade To Grays

How far would you go for your principles? It’s a question that many people spend a lot of time pondering over without ever having to see it through, but after a meeting at Soho Square this afternoon, Mike Woodward, the chairman of Conference club Grays Athletic will have to do some very important thinking indeed on this particular subject. Grays’ problems started in June 2006, when they signed former Sheffield United player and Thierry Henry body-double Ashley Sestanovich. Sestanovich claimed to be being held on remand in prison for motoring offences, but it quickly became apparent that he was actually on remand for his involvement in a robbery in London, which ended in the murder of a man (two other men were convicted of the murder). When Grays found this out, they terminated his contract, and Sestanovich was convicted of the crime and sentenced to eight years in prison. He had played just twenty minutes of one pre-season friendly for them. So far, you might think, so good. Not quite. It is at this point that the story becomes somewhat more complicated. The matter ended up before the Football Association in June of last year, and the FA ruled that Grays should pay Sestanovich for the five months that he was with them – a total of £14,000 – because, under their interpretation of contract law, they are liable...

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