Neil Warnock has been questioned by police investigating accusations Willie McKay threatened to “kill everybody” at Cardiff City, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.
It can be disclosed that Warnock witnessed one of the alleged altercations between the man who booked Emiliano Sala’s doomed flight and senior club officials, which this newspaper exclusively revealed were being probed by South Wales Police.
Cardiff’s manager has been interviewed having previously told the Telegraph he had not heard much of an exchange that formed part of a formal complaint to the police.
It can also be revealed that there are four people to whom such threats were allegedly made, both in person and over the telephone.
All four – who the Telegraph has agreed not to name – have been questioned as well by officers after providing them with formal witness statements.
In this file photo taken on February 08, 2019 People look at yellow flowers displayed in front of the portrait of Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala at the Beauvoir stadium in Nantes, on February 8, 2019. – The plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala that crashed in the Channel last month did not have a commercial licence, British investigators said on February 25, 2019. – Credit: AFP
Emiliano Sala’s tragic death is being investigated Credit: AFP
As of last week, police had yet to interview McKay, who has already denied the accusations against him.
He also has a long history with Warnock, who told the Telegraph last month he had fallen victim to a “vendetta” over the pair’s links since Sala’s tragic death and denied they were “big pals”.
Cardiff on Saturday declined to comment on what is an ongoing investigation, having previously said: “It was necessary and appropriate for South Wales Police to be engaged on the matter.”
Among their accusations is that McKay threatened to “kill everybody” at the club on the same weekend as Sala’s funeral in Argentina a month ago.
He is alleged to have told officials: “I’ll kill everybody if my sons get slaughtered.”
McKay’s eldest son, Mark, was one of the agents involved in Sala’s transfer from Nantes to Cardiff, while another of his sons, Jack, helped make arrangements for the player’s doomed trip.
McKay has previously claimed he and his children – two of whom are Cardiff players – had “been through hell” over reprisals that followed the January 21 plane crash.