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Zat Knight Arrested Shocker!

Zat Knight Arrested Shocker!

My word, this could only happen at Villa. Hours before the press conference to unveil Zat Knight as Villa's latest (in a not so long line) signing, the player was arrested along with his brother and held at Aston police station for six hours.

In a report in today's Sun, it is claimed he was taken away in handcuffs following an armed raid by the drug squad from his moms house in Edgbaston.

They also say his 26-year-old brother was taken away (then they have to add to sensationalise it, that he was only in his pants and was taken at gunpoint, well if the police were armed I think most readers would assume they were taken away at gunpoint and the police were 'backed up by dogs' according to the report!)

The report claims substances, thought to be crack cocaine and heroin, were seized at the moms house and another address, again according to The Sun thought to be Zat's address, was also raided.

Don't you just love how The Sun word things? They say: 'Zat was banged up in police cells at Queen’s Road station in Aston.' Banged up?!

A spokesman for the West Midlands Police said: “Police have carried out a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs and Firearms Act this morning at an address in Erdington. Two men, aged 26 and 27, were arrested on suspicion of Class A drugs offences. The 27-year-old man has since been released on police bail. The 26-year-old man continues to help with inquiries. A quantity of controlled drugs was seized.”

Zat didn't impress the Fulham fans last year when he had to miss a series of games following a 'play fight' with his brother which resulted in Zat's jaw being broken.

Super. Just what we need.

Meanwhile, more focused on the football, Zat says he is looking to force his way back into the international arena with England. Zat was capped twice in 2005. The defender said:

'I'm really looking forward to the challenge of playing for such an ambitious club as Villa. There are a few English players in the Villa side and obviously the England manager will take more notice and watch a few more games in which I am involved unlike when I was at Fulham where I was the only Englishman in the team.' I wouldn't bank on it Zat.

Adding, 'First and foremost I have to be doing it well for Villa. If I am playing week in and week out for Villa and doing well then I see no reason why I cannot get into the England team.'

Zat also said his hero was God aka Paul McGrath. Martin O'Neill answered: 'Paul McGrath was that good he didn't have to train. Once you get to that stage you can take weeks off!'

And on the signing, O'Neill said:

'If another signing doesn't materialise people can adjust. Olof Mellberg has played in that position in an accomplished fashion both for club and country. I will wait to see what happens in the next couple of days.'

Sorry, not good enough. Mellberg is a central defender, he doesn't have the speed to get forward and attack as modern day right-backs have to. We've had all summer to bring in a right-back or two, what did we do? Yup, sell one.

O'Neill continued: 'I do want to strengthen the side and Zat has come in to improve the team. If he stays clear of serious injury he will be terrific for us. I've watched him for the last couple of years. When I was out of the game I watched a lot of Fulham games. I wouldn't be spending money if he wasn't a quality player. I mulled it over for some time and thought he was really worth going for.'

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Writer:J P Fear
Date:Thursday August 30 2007
Time: 9:30AM

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They have got it half right. I was at this dodgy tv man yesterday over at Bordsley Green and he knows some dodgy people and was saying that Zat Knight and his brother were in Aston at his mothers house, Knight's car was being followed by undercover cops and Knight's brother lobbed a bag of drugs out the window. The cops arrested both Knight and his brother and Knight was then released because the offender was his brother. Sounds like a loveley family!!
randy.stand
30/08/2007 09:43:00
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So hes got a dodgy family, who cares? I reckon he will be a good player for the Villa, Just need a RIGHT BACK - and NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
MACCA UTV
30/08/2007 09:55:00
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sounds lik eyou got yourself a wrong'un
Jacky B
30/08/2007 09:57:00
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So ......has this McGrath fellow signed or not ? .....and why was his dog carrying a gun ? ......Martin O'Niell shouldn't throw things out of windows, thats littering with intent ........have to buy the Mirror to clear it all up...
astonmilan
30/08/2007 10:05:00
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No wonder Knight loses concentration....that crack cocaine doesn't last long you know. Better use him in the second half only....can his brother play right back ? if so get him !!
astonmilan
30/08/2007 10:08:00
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Anyone who can outrun a police dog's fine by me :)
astonmilan
30/08/2007 10:09:00
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and Jacky B....looks like you need typing lessons....
astonmilan
30/08/2007 10:14:00
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I thought the reason MON draggs his feet so much in tranfer market is down to the fact that he fully checks out a players background Another myth bites the dust? I am sorry to say this as i still want him as our manager but he better start doing the things he is good at soon
FatKev
30/08/2007 10:33:00
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...so that line of people outside the house all week. Not after autographs then? Seriously though, as FatKev says - I always thought the long drawn out transfer process was due to diligent personality/home life background checking etc. And if we end up with no RB (and cover) then that is more worrying when it comes to the legend that is MON.
LeoTheLion
30/08/2007 11:02:00
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Let's just wait and see whether he;s charged with possession or not. Innocent until charged and proven guilty!
villacross
30/08/2007 11:04:00
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