Colleagues shocked by football boss death

PUBLISHED: 12:15 07 October 2010 | UPDATED: 15:55 08 October 2010

David le Cluse

David le Cluse


Colleagues of a football club chairman who was found shot in a garage say they are shocked and saddened by his sudden death.

David Le Cluse, the 44-year-old chairman of Croydon Athletic Football club was found with gunshot wounds on Saturday, he is thought to have committed suicide.

The businessman owned and ran the company Merlin Pest Control, based in Beckenham Road, 

A colleague at Merlin, who did not want to be named, said: “Everyone that knew him, we are totally shocked and saddened at the events of the weekend. First and foremost our thoughts are with his wife Julie and his two young children.”

Mr Cluse was a close personal friend of Croydon Athletic owner Mazhar Majeed, who was arrested and then bailed by police in August in relation to allegations of match fixing by the Pakistan cricket team.

A post mortem examination held on Monday, at St Helier Hospital, Carshalton, gave cause of death as a gunshot wound to the head.

Mr le Cluse reportedly had a license for a small bore rifle to be used for his work in pest control.

Police found his body at garages in Park Gate Road, Sutton on 

A statement posted on the football club’s website said: “Croydon Athletic are deeply shocked and saddened by the sudden tragic death of their chairman, David Le Cluse.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with David’s wife and children, and we would ask everyone to respect their privacy at this devastating time for them.”

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