Antonio Zarelli
Antonio Zarelli conned Irish club Lisburn Distillery.
SKY TV will show an exposé on Friday night of Alessandro Zarelli, an Italian who tried to con his way into several Welsh Premier clubs.
The 22-year-old turned up at Bangor City with paperwork which claimed to be from the Matteo Colobase, head of the Italian Youth FA. Manager Peter Davenport checked out his credentials and showed him the door, but only after he had left debts behind him at the Regency Hotel.
He also tried the same trick at Connah's Quay Nomads and TNS, claiming he could play for a Welsh club as part of a collaboration between the Italian Youth FA and Britain. He told TNS that they would be invited to take part in an international soccer tournament in Australia, at the expense of the Italian FA, but company checks showed that far from calling from Italy, he was actually in Gloucestershire.
The Superfakes programme, being shown on Sky One at 10pm, shows how Zarelli tried his luck at clubs in Scotland, England and Ireland, where he was dismissed from Lisburn Distillery after just two weeks for a breach of discipline.
Zarelli claimed to have played for youth teams at Rangers, Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and Belgian club FC Genk.
22 June 2006